The University of Mysore on Thursday limited the number of PhD students who can be enrolled by a guide.
The university also made it clear that getting through in the entrance test for admission to PhD doesn't ensure that the candidate will get admission. It has clarified that passing in the test makes the candidate eligible for PhD degree. However, candidates have three years to get admission after clearing the test.
The council approved the amendments to PhD regulations, which specify that 'successful completion of entrance test just implies the eligibility of a candidate for admission to PhD degree in the university, but shall not guarantee an admission to PhD degree programme'.
A committee constituted by the vice-chancellor had suggested the amendments, which were approved by the Syndicate at its meeting on May 28. Council, the apex body on academic matters, approved the amendments, which has specified the number of candidates who can be enrolled for PhD degree by a guide. Earlier, it was eight, which has now been reduced to six. It has also limited the number of candidates working on projects funded through UoM. Each guide can supervise two students, which was not specified earlier.
The varsity also decided to hold the entrance exam in September. The amended regulations will be sent to the governor-chancellor for clearance. Amendments were suggested to conform to the directives of UGC.
During the meeting, it was stressed that UoM should ensure that there are no malpractices in PhD degrees, which, the members felt, will dent the reputation of the university which will celebrate its century in three years.
Some of the members objected to UoM's move to tie up with educational institutions which are outside its jurisdiction. They also opposed the move to partner with institutions based in Bangalore, arguing that Bangalore University can extend affiliation. The Council approved new courses, including two to teach Tibetan and Chinese languages and literature.