Kannur varsity fines Rs 1 lakh on those who did not complete PhD after getting extension

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Kalpetta: Kannur University hiked the fine for not completing the PhD on time. A fine of Rs 1 lakh has been imposed on the researchers who have got an extension till 2020 March 24. They now have to submit the thesis before June 30 along with the challan of the fine.

A regular scholar has five years and a part-time scholar has six years to complete the PhD. The period can be extended with the permission of the university based on the recommendation of the doctoral committee of the scholar. The fine for late submission is imposed on those who fail to finish the degree after obtaining the extension.

Earlier, the fine was up to 25,000. That too, exemptions were given based on the demand of the researchers' organisations.

Researchers of the university allege that the move is a burden during the pandemic. The Covid-19 restrictions have delayed the work of many scholars. Besides, many face non-cooperation from the research guides. Most of the scholars are working as guest faculties or engaged in gig jobs. For them, this amount is unbearable, they allege.

Meanwhile, the university syndicate justified the move saying scholars do not show any commitment to the work. Prof PK Pasadan claimed that students who convert the course to part-time after getting a job do not show interest in completing it. When added the fine of all these years, many of them have a huge amount to pay. That is why the syndicate decided to provide them with a 'mercy chance' to complete the degree, he said. He added that no organisation has objected to the decision yet.

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