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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.
It is really a very nice initiative.
we appreciate this good idea...!!!
Sir,its really good idea I appreciate it.
Thank you for supporting the view.
Thank you, friend.
We need to work on this to get implemented.
Yes, good idea.
According to UGC, If you have masters degree and NET you are deemed to be eligible to teach. But UGC feels like you are still not eligible for self learning. Why else they would insist on direct course work for PhD students. I think this course work should be optional. Instead university departments can conduct some examination after 6 months of registration with a specified syllabus. How a candidate (with Masters degree/NET) studies to pass that exam should not be UGC's concern. If a 2+10+2+3+2 years of study has not brought out desired qualities in a person, what another 6 months of classrooms can do ?
A very important point you have mentioned. Universities have to change the norms for PhD for better research prospects. Coursework and residential period should be optional for working professionals, an exam may be essential.
Thank you for the valuable response.