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Thursday, 30 July 2020

PhD degrees of 500 lecturers under lens

Ravinder Saini

Tribune News Service

Rohtak, July 29

UGC Norms 'Flouted'

  • The Haryana extension lecturers pursued PhD from private universities that didn't strictly follow UGC norms
  • Norms related to course guide, research thesis and seminars were allegedly flouted

The PhD degrees of over 500 extension lecturers employed in government colleges across Haryana are under scanner following complaints that these were acquired from private universities without fully adhering to UGC norms.

According to the University Grants Commission (UGC), a PhD candidate must strictly follow its guidelines, including the course guide should be from the same university from where a degree is pursued, research thesis must be original and one-month course work and other seminars should be mandatorily attended.

Ankur Gupta, Principal Secretary, Higher Education Department, has directed all government college principals to verify degrees pursued from outside Haryana and submit a report within a week. The department has sought details of the university from where degree has been pursued, enrolment information, coursework attendance and examination dates. Of the around 2,000 extension lecturers employed in government colleges across Haryana, over 500 have acquired PhD degrees from private universities in other states. Each of them draws a monthly salary of Rs 57,700.

Kartar Singh, a social activist, claimed many degrees had been obtained from OPJS University in Churu district of Rajasthan whose owner was recently arrested in a post-matric scholarship scam. "Several of the PhD candidates pursued degrees while doing regular jobs in Haryana colleges. They didn't take leave for attending course work and seminars. I recently submitted proof to the state Chief Secretary and demanded FIRs against guilty," he said.

from The Tribune

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