Indore: No takers for PhD in Geography, Psychology

Indore: Session 2017-18 will be a zero year for doctoral research degree programmes in Geography and Psychology as no students have applied for admission in these two subjects even as Management discipline received a record 605 applications for combined PhD-MPhil entrance test also known as doctoral entrance test (DET). After a gap of two years, the Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya had invited applications for admission in 38 PhD and 20 MPhil programmes.

“The university received record 3815 applications. Maximum number of applications, to be precise 605 applications, has been received in Management discipline,” said Prof VB Gupta, coordinator of PhD cell at DAVV. Apart from management, he said that Commerce, Education, Computer Science subjects evoked good response from candidates. Online entrance test for PhD/MPhil for Management and Commerce will be conducted on August 13.

Admission in PhD and MPhil programmes would be through DET which would be conducted on August 10. PhD courses in Geography and Psychology found no takers. Similarly, no student applied for admission in MPhil programmes for Sanskrit, Home Science and Urdu. As per University Grants Commission (UGC) norms, DET should be conducted twice in an academic year but the DAVV could not meet this norm for past two years. Coordination committee, the apex body of higher education in the state, delayed its nod to the proposed amendments in PhD ordinance.

Though the committee is still to approve the proposed amendments in PhD ordinance, the DAVV still have made changes in the ordinance at its level citing another order by committee. In a recent order, the coordination committee had stated that if any norm of UGC is mandatory in nature, it should be implemented by state universities after obtaining permission from competent authority. Citing that order of coordination committee, the DAVV made changes in PhD ordinance at its level and is organising DET now.

DAVV to suffer financial loss if open CET counselling not held

Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya is likely to suffer financial loss if it did not conduct open counselling for filling seats lying vacant in a dozen departments even after two rounds of online counselling of common entrance test (CET). “Seats in many courses are lying vacant even after two rounds of online counselling. Previously, almost 100 per cent seats used to get in first two round itself,” said a professor wishing anonymity.

The university on Wednesday released vacancy status of seats in Group C and D which revealed that many seats are still lying vacant in different departments. Even seats in courses like six-year MTech and MCA courses are vacant which used to get filled in very first round of counselling.

For MSc (Electronics) course it could be a zero year in session 2017-18 as only one student has taken admission in this course so far. In the first counselling, four students have taken admission in this course but three of them opted out so only one student is left. That student has also signalled at opting out of the course.

“Despite the fact that failed to fill seats in many courses, the university is continuing with online counselling even for third round. After that if open counselling is not held, this year many courses will run with lesser number of students against vacancies which will results in financial loss to the university,” the professor said.

Holkar College receives 4069 applications against 469 seats

Government Holkar Science College has received as many as 4069 applications for 469 seats lying vacant. Seats will be filled through college level counselling.

After three rounds of centralised online admission counselling, the Department of Higher Education permitted colleges to hold counselling at their level to fill vacancies. On Wednesday registration for college level counselling began which will continue till August 5. On the very first day of registration, Holkar College received as many as 4069 applications against 469 seats lying vacant in its teaching departments. Similarly, GACC received as many as 401 applications against 80 seats lying vacant in BA course and Old GDC received 600 applications against 400 vacancies.

Only 10% seats filled in second round of BEd counselling

The second allotment list also left BEd college directors disappointed who feared that this year 60 per cent seats in the two-year course will remain vacant if they were not allowed to hold college level counselling.

“In first round of centralised online counselling, merely 20 per cent seats were filled in BEd colleges. In the second round, the percentage shot up to 30. Merely 10 per cent increase in admissions in the second round leaves no doubt that online counselling has failed to ensure enrolment in BEd colleges,” said Malwa Region Private Education College Association spokesperson Awadhesh Dave.

He said that one more round of online counselling is left. “But that round is also unlikely to fill 100 per cent seats in BEd colleges. I don’t think that more than 40 per cent seats will be filled this year. If we will not be allowed to hold college level counselling, the seats will not be filled and it will become difficult for the college directors to run the course on losses,” he added. Akshay Academy director Akshay Tiwari stated that they have demanded from the State government to allow BEd colleges to hold open counselling for filling seats. We are likely to get green signal from the government in a two to three days, he added.

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