OU exams as per schedule

State bans Ph.D admissions in distance mode

If some students want to waste their academic year, it is up to them, says Minister

Ban on PG in distance mode as it affects quality and standards of research work

HYDERABAD: All the examinations commencing in Osmania University from January 20 will go on as per the schedule, Minister for Higher Education C. Damodar Rajanarsimha said here on Tuesday.

The Minister said the University had postponed the examination once at the request of the OU Students Joint Action Committee which gave a call for boycott of examinations till a Bill was introduced in Parliament for creation of Telangana State.

Students need to understand that they should not link examinations and careers with agitations. “If some students want to keep away from examinations and waste their academic year, it is up to them,” he quipped.

The Minister, who earlier held a meeting with Vice-Chancellors of 10 universities to review state of affairs in the universities, told reporters that the government had decided to ban Ph.D admissions and awards in distance mode from next academic year.

The Vice-Chancellors were told not to encourage Ph.D admissions in distance mode as it affected quality and standards of research work. In the light of irregularities in Dravidian University which awarded over 8,000 Ph.Ds in distance mode in the last two academic years, the government would take stringent action on the basis of inquiry report.

New V-Cs

Mr. Rajanarasimha said new Vice-Chancellors would be appointed within two months. They would be chosen on the basis of their expertise and experience in all the regions while keeping the social justice norm in mind. The same principle would be followed in the appointments to university executive councils.

The Minister assured the V-Cs that the bloc grants would be increased by 25 to 30 per cent in the next budget.

Source: The Hindu

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