Indore : With MGM Medical College’s again seeking permission to launch PhD programmes in medicine, Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV) has decided to recommend amendments in research degree ordinance that’s preventing it to grant the college’s wish.

“The existing ordinance asks for a teacher wishing to become a research guide to have a PhD degree and minimum five years of teaching experience along with five research publications. No faculty in MGM Medical College meets this requirement, so the right to offer PhD degree in medicine has not been trusted on the college,” says Prof Ganesh Kawadia, chairman, PhD cell of DAVV.

The college argues that as per the norms of Medical Council of India (MCI), its professors are eligible to become PhD guides.

On an application by the college, the standing committee of the DAVV has decided to set up an expert committee that would go through the MCI norms and recommend for amendments in the PhD ordinance.

The university in turn forward the recommendations to the coordination committee, the apex body of higher education in the state.

The final right to make changes in the ordinance lies with the coordination committee.

Until the apex body makes necessary changes in the ordinance, the DAVV would not be able to confer on the college the right to offer PhD courses in medicine.

A DAVV’s research centre in medicine, this college wants to launch doctoral research degree programmes in ophthalmology and orthopaedics disciplines.

The present ordinance is not for doctoral research degree medicine and other related disciplines.

That’s the reason that PhD programme is not offered by any medical college in the state.

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