Kerala University mulls dropping foreign examiners for scrutiny of Ph.D. thesis
Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala University is mulling over dropping the UGC guideline of having a foreign examiner for the scrutiny of PhD theses.
As per UGC guideline, since 2016, the evaluation of PhD theses should be done by two, out of which one should be from outside the country.
Kerala University’s move is after considering the impracticalities in case of theses in language studies. The final decision will be taken in the next academic council.
The theses by those enrolled to PhD programmes in 2016, have been arriving at the university since February. However, as there is an indecision regarding evaluation, the process has not begun yet. The authorities are trying for old fashioned evaluation process without the foreign examiner.
At the same time, students are anxious over this system fearing their theses would be accepted anywhere else if evaluated violating the UGC guidelines.
Before 1996, the system of foreign examiners existed. Later this guideline was withdrawn and reinstated in 2016.
As no final decision is taken by the university there is a huge delay over evaluating the theses, allege students.