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Entrance exam must for PhD aspirants: UoP- 25-Dec-2009

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Entrance exam for doctorate programme in the University of Pune will be held in the first week of January, 2010. The entrance exam is now a must for the PhD aspirants as per the new guidelines of University Grants Commission (UGC).

Acting Vice-Chancellor Arun Adsool said the varsity had finalised the criteria for entrance exam and was all set to conduct the PhD entrance exam. The issue of conducting entrance exam was discussed at large in the academic council meeting held in October.

Director of board of college and university development Pandit Vidyasagar said candidates who have completed masters’ degree would be eligible for the entrance exam. “For certain subjects, degree and work experience in the related area will be required to be eligible for appearing in the exam. The list these subjects will be declared soon,” he said.

“There will be two question papers for the test. One will be an aptitude test based on general knowledge and the other paper will be related to the subject in which the PhD is to be done,” said Vidyasagar.

He also said the candidates who possessed MPhil degree or had passed National (NET) or State Eligibility Test (SET) would be exempted from the test. The entrance exam became compulsory after the UGC formulated new guidelines for PhD to curb malpractices in awarding the degree. Around 150 candidates register for PhD in the University every year. 

The new entrance test hopes to keep a check on the number and also on the quality of thesis.

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