Keen to start Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in different subjects,17 Panjab University (PU) affiliated colleges have applied for setting up of research centres in their respective campuses. Out of these,seven are city-based colleges. The applications submitted by the colleges are being processed.
With the establishment of these centres,the colleges will start the course work required to be done before starting PhD in the subjects applied for. From the city,Sri Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College,Sector 26,has applied for setting up of centres for Punjabi and biotechnology,while GGDSD College,Sector 32,has applied for research in biotechnology,commerce and chemistry.
Moreover,Post Graduate Government College for Girls,Sector 11,has applied for research centre in four subjects,including zoology,chemistry,biotechnology and music,and Sri Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College for Women,Sector 26,has applied for research in commerce.
According to official information,Education College,Sector 36,and Post Graduate Government College,Sector 11,have also submitted their applications seeking permission to set up research centres.
All the colleges will be granted permission if they have regular faculty and required infrastructure for the centres applied for. The Joint Research Board of the university will be the final authority to grant approval to the colleges.
A sub-committee,which was constituted to re-look the module that colleges have to follow to start such research centres,will meet on May 20 to finalise the module.
As per the new module,if a college wants to start PhD in a particular subject,then it should have been running a masters degree in the same subject from at least five years and should have three PhD teachers,including an associate professor.
The new regulations came around three months back,however giving respite to the colleges,PU has decided that those applications which were received before these regulations should be processed as per the old guidelines.
Talking to Chandigarh Newsline,Syndic and Senator Dr Jagwant Singh said,Our education institutes lags behind in research work. There are a number teachers available in the colleges,who can supervise research work. Moreover,now the appraisal of the college teachers will also depend on their contribution in research. The university should encourage colleges to start such centres.