The Gujarat Technological University (GTU), which has so far tied up with about 200 academicians from Europe, US and Canada to work as co-supervisors to guide its PhD students, has recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Institute of Plasma Research (IPR) to further improve the quality of research.
Speaking to The Indian Express, GTU vice-chancellor Akshai Aggarwal said the tenure of MoU was for a period of five years. Under the arrangement, GTU will facilitate the registration of IPR faculties as research guides.
Speaking on how IPR will benefit from the tie-up, Aggarwal said that GTU would consider the cases of any of IPR employees wishing to pursue doctorate research at GTU.
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Set up in 2009, GTU began enrollment for PhD scholars two years ago. So far, it has got enrolled as many as 350 candidates for research on various subjects. This year, GTU has also conducted tests of more PhD aspirants and expects to enroll another 100 students for PhD.
Going by the number of PhD students registered with other universities, particularly the private technological universities in the state, the number of registrations with GTU is very small. One of the private technological universities in the state is reported to have registered more than 1,000 candidates in the last four years though the university does not have sufficient number of guides with it.
A senior official in the directorate of technical education (DTE) said there was a rush for PhD registration in private universities because the candidates wanted the degree for their career growth and they were not interested in the quality of research.
“Such candidates showed their PhD degrees only and hid their thesis,” quipped the official, pointing to the poor quality of research in some of the private universities.
At GTU, Aggarwal said, the research candidates were selected through a difficult screening process. “So, only genuine research scholars came to GTU and that is why we have so few Ph D researchers,” Aggarwal said.
“We want our PhD pass-outs to not only show their PhD certificates but also their thesis when they are required to,” said Aggarwal.
“The main aim of our tie-up with overseas academician and now IPR is to improve the quality of research and take it to the international level,” he added.