January 19, 2011

Ban on Ph.D. Through Distance Education in Andhra Pradesh

In a move that can impact the aspirants of pursuing Ph.D. while working, the Government of Andhra Pradesh has banned the Doctoral Courses through Distance Education offered by Universities in the state from the coming academic year. The decision has been taken in a meeting of vice-chancellors of 10 state universities with higher education minister C Damodar Raja Narasimha.

The move has its roots in recent irregularities that came to light in Ph.D. admissions of Dravidian University, Kuppam. The minister clarified that the decision to ban Ph.D. courses in Distance mode has been taken to maintain standards in Ph.D. education.

The state government has sensed the irregularities in Dravidian University in Chittoor district, which awarded about 8,000 Ph.Ds. to scholars in various disciplines in a short span of time. The Govt. has appointed a two-member committee to look into the irregularities in the Dravidian varsity and the committee also submitted its report recently. Damodar Narasimha has also said the department has approved the recruitment of 100 faculty staff in Andhra University.

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