Hyderabad: “Tightening of standards of scholars registered for Ph.D. programs, quality of dissertation in terms of analytical content & techniques used and quality of guides are the key factors to be addressed for improving the doctoral programme in India”, said Dr. C. Rangarajan, former RBI Governor and Chancellor ICFAI University
He participated in the panel discussion organised jointly by ICFAI University and Indian Economic Association at ICFAI campus, Hyderabad.
Dr. Rangarajan stressed that good guidance is required to ensure good quality work, proper norms need to be in place that puts a cap on the number of students that a professor can guide.
Prof. K.L. Krishna, former Professor and Director of Delhi School of Economics and Chairman of Madras Institute of Development Studies, said the need for having a screening system for induction into the Ph.D. program, a rigorous coursework and the availability of good infrastructure like library, internet and good peer group, all of which help create a milieu for good research.
He further said that adequate financial support for a minimum period of four years should be extended to the Ph.D. scholars to ensure quality work.
Prof. S. Mahendra Dev, Director and Vice-Chancellor, IGIDR, Mumbai pointed out that institutions need to communicate and collaborate amongst each other which will enhance the exposure of the doctoral students. He shared some of the good practices in place at IGIDR like make-up classes and assigning of mentors for weaker students.
In his welcome address Dr. J. Mahender Reddy, Vice-chancellor of the ICFAI University, thanked IGIDR for collaborating with ICFAI University in organizing the conference. He also expressed his gratitude to the Indian Economic Association for jointly organizing the panel discussion as part of the centenary year celebrations of the Association.