University change may mean fresh entrance for PhD-aspiring docs
By Alifiya Khan | Posted 13-Sep-2011
Those who cleared University of Pune entrance exam in 2010 stare at prospect of going through ordeal again for transfer to MUHS
AS if going through sweat and toil for one entrance examination was not enough, doctors wishing to complete their PhD from the University of Pune (UoP) might have to appear for yet another entrance test to prove their mettle. If they do not clear it, they also stand the chance of rejection and losing their dream of completing a PhD.
Communication gap? The University of Pune main building. MUHS says it will conduct a fresh entrance for those who cleared the Pune varsity test as the functioning of the two universities is different. file pic
In keeping with a recent state government resolution, all doctors enlisted for PhD with universities across the state have been transferred to Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS). Even as existing candidates mid-way through their research are upset over the change in varsity, the ordeal is worse for over 65 candidates of UoP who have not even begun their research yet.
MUHS officials said the problem arose when despite the state notification, the UoP decided to conduct entrance tests and select candidates for PhD. "The order is effective from 2009. Around that time, 143 doctors were enrolled with UoP for PhD and they were transferred to MUHS. We accepted them as they were already conducting research and had been allotted guides as well. In 2010, the UoP conducted another round of entrance tests and enlisted 65 to 70 PhD candidates again under health sciences faculty," said Dr Arun Jamkar, vice-chancellor of MUHS.
After the entrance tests which the candidates cleared and personal interviews, a list of selected candidates was displayed by the UoP, but there was no progress after that. Neither were they allotted a guide, nor did their research begin, said Jamkar. "Since these candidates only appeared for an entrance tests and the functioning of both the varsities is different, we have decided to conduct a separate entrance exam. The candidates would have to re-appear and prove their mettle," said Jamkar.
When asked if double entrance exams were fair, he said the students were also to be blamed. "MUHS also conducted entrance exams at the same time and since candidates wanted to do PhD, they should have enquired and appeared for our entrance tests. It is not our mistake they were ill-informed," said Jamkar. He agreed even a few academicians were against a second test. "We have a meeting of the academic council on September 14 and final decision shall be taken at that time," he said.