Aiming at making the test to pursue PhD at the University of Pune (UoP) more student-friendly,senior officials are in talks to bring changes in its pattern. A panel comprising deans are in talks to make amendments in the PhD entrance exam procedure. At present,the exam is a three-step process. Firstly,the students sit for a common aptitude test in which they have to answer questions covering all streams. Next,they have to write a department examination which is followed by an interview. The committee is in discussion on issues like amendments to this three-step procedure. There is a likelihood of the common aptitude test being done away with.
Speaking on the development on this front,W N Gade,Board of College and University Development (BCUD),said,”Based on exams we have conducted over the years,we have been discussing changes that can be brought about in the procedure. Our discussion is also based on feedback from students and their opinion on the need for changes in the admission process.”
The panel has been holding meetings to discuss these issues and will hold another meeting next week. “There are various proposals. For example,we are assessing usefulness of the the general aptitude test. Also,we are looking into the number of students who qualified and what are the other areas we need to work on to make the procedure more relevant. After feedback from students,and consultation with educationists,we are considering removing this test. The final decision has not been reached and talks are still on,” added Gade. Issues like changing guidelines for admission of foreign students will also be revised.
The entry path
* The test is a three-step process
* Step-I is the common aptitude test
* Common aptitude test covers several subjects
* Step-II: test by department PhD is sought from
* Step-III is the interview