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Admission to a preparatory course necessary for a PhD is being delayed at Magadh University because of lack of information on the number of vacancies in the constituent colleges.

The university administration sent letters to the principals of the constituent colleges on July 22 to make available the number of vacancies for PhD guides in their institutions. A reminder was again sent on August 5.

This is delaying admission to the six-month preparatory course required to start a PhD under the University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines.

Pranav Kumar, a PhD aspirant, said: “I had appeared in the pre-PhD test on August 13 last year and the results were declared on December 19. But, I am still waiting to get registered for the preparatory course. The university administration had fixed August 4 for submission of application forms for admission in the six-month course. I have submitted the application form and waiting for a call from the university.”

Following the August 2009 UGC guidelines, Magadh University from this year, has introduced the six-month preparatory course. According to the guidelines, candidates who have cleared the pre-PhD test but not registered under any guide would have to re-appear for a viva. On the basis of the result, the candidates will be given admission to the six-month preparatory course. After completing it, the candidates will be registered under a guide.

Now, the last date to submit the application forms for the preparatory course has been extended to August 9.

Magadh University dean, students’ welfare, Sitaram Singh said: “According to UGC norms, eight research scholars can be registered under a professor and six under an associate professor over a period of two years. The colleges have been asked to submit details of the number of vacancies to avoid any problem with the new PhD aspirants. It will also be easy to shortlist candidates seeking admission to PhD courses.”


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