Will Patna University wilt away for lack of research?

Patna: Patna University, in the days of the British Raj, was called Oxford of the East. Today, it fails to attract a single registration for a PhD in over a year. Research work has come to a grinding halt, and the reason is ‘indifference on the part of the PU authorities.

Research work, an essential component of university education, has taken a back seat in Patna University. Professors say that the research work has come to a grinding halt as no fresh registration for PhD degree has been allowed in the university for the past year or so.

The number of PhDs awarded by the university has sharply declined following the implementation of the new regulations.

216 scholars were awarded PhD degree In 2010-11, and 212 in 2011-12. In 2012-13, the figure fell to 187 and in 2013-14, only 174 candidates were awarded the degree.

The University Grant Commission’s revised guidelines for PhD were notified in July 2009. Though implemented by PU in 2012, no scholar of the university has been awarded a PhD as per the revised UGC guidelines.

The issue was discussed at the PU’s academic calendar committee meeting chaired by vice-chancellor Y C Simhadri. Deans of different departments pointed out the vacillation by the concerned authorities in promoting research.

PU social science faculty dean N K Chaudhary said that in line with the revised guidelines PhD course work was initiated in the department in January 2014 and fresh applications were invited from eligible scholars for registration in April. The applications of all the genuine scholars were cleared by the PG Research Council (PGRC) in May 2014. Their course work was to start in July that year, but the notification regarding registration of PhD scholars was cancelled by the university on June 8.

Since then, not a single meeting of the PGRC in any department has been held. Hundreds of applications are gathering dust in the university. In the mean while, the results of another pre-PhD registration test (PRT) have also been published.

PU science faculty dean Amarendra Mishra expressed his surprise over the fact that research activities did not find any place in the PU’s academic calendar. How could a university ignore research work in its academic calendar, he asked and added that PU would soon lose all its credibility if it failed to promote meaningful research.


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