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Dear Sir/Madam,

Importance of PhD degree has become more in LIS since the essential qualification is seeking this degree mandatory for Librarians' and Teachers' positions. It is good in other sense also that India will have maximum PhD holders and qualified researchers. 

It is good for freshers but quite difficult for employed to get admission for a PhD course. There are several reasons and obligations(on the individuals of both sides) behind this difficulties. Let us not discuss them but find a remedy. 

Hon'ble MHRD is investing a lot on education by making it free, endures and robust by regular or online mode. Online courses have emerged as a solution to physical appearance. There could be many online courses (may beyond my knowledge) but I find NPTEL and SWYAM are primely relevant in this regard. 

If these bodies (NPTEL and SWAYAM) start Subject Specific Coursework Programme like all other courses they commence and give the passing certificate to the enrolled candidate then the problem of education leaves, Coursework Attendance etc. would be solved. 

Further, If a university wants to know the genuinity of gained knowledge, a test can be conducted to validate the same. And, other variation/additions may be met with a week duration of coursework classes. 

Please, give your comments in this regard.

Thank you. 

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It is really good idea. Swayam and NPTEL conducting courses with good standard. Many universities didn't follow the 2009 regulations of UGC norms. In many universities the candidate, guide, and university are in different locations. The Ph.d is not in part time, it is like distance education.

Instead of course work alone, SWAYAM and NPTEL can conduct the Ph.D programme by online with standard norms and regulations.

Dear Sir,

Thank you for the comments.

The major problem in PhD is coursework which led the part-time PhD, distance and online. Here I am thinking of fulfiling the coursework related requirement. But, I second your opinion too.

Thank you.   


Its really good idea. Swayam may start online course for PhD Course work with standard norms and regulations. 



Thanks for valuable feedback Sir.

I too appreciate this good idea...!!!

Thank you for the feedback Sir. 

We need to prepare a draft and submit to SWAYAM and copy to the MHRD. 

Thank you. 

It will really be a very good initiative

Thank you for support of the thought.

It will be very good for the LIS young professionals who are awaiting to do Research (Ph.D). But Very good course materials with regular assignments will be Good. As the UGC goes on changing rules and different universities have different types of rules for regular, correspondence and part-time Ph.Ds. Professionals should spend sufficient time and involve themselves along with Advisor(s).

M Natarajan

Dear Sir,

Thank you for your enlightening remarks. This idea will give its best if senior professionals like you take the lead and necessary action in this regard. UGC and universities need to come out with liberal educational policies. We are capable of practicing research and education using ICT.

There is no fear of quality compromises; professional ethics and motivation are similar in ICT based education same as physical classroom studies.  

Thank you.

I appreciate this idea.

Also anyone can access 49,200+ NPTEL video lectures through DIGIMAT portal.  Neatly organized and solved almost all broken link issues that exists in the NPTEL website.

Thank you Baskar Sir for supporting the idea of coursework through NPTEL and SWAYAM.

Supports and industry inputs are highly influential and quite essential in framing educational policies. 

Thank you. 


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