“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 program in India”, said Dr. C. Rangarajan, during a panel discussion at ICFAI University organized jointly with Indian Economic Association was held at ICFAI campus, Hyderabad, on April 20, 2017.
Other members of the panel were, Prof. K.L. Krishna, former Professor and Director of Delhi School of Economics and Chairman of Madras Institute of Development Studies,Prof. M. R. Rao, former Director IIM-B & former Dean, ISB, Hyderabad and Prof. S. Mahendra Dev, Director and Vice-Chancellor, IGIDR, Mumbai.
Several issues came to the fore as to why the quality of Ph.D. might be suffering. In India academic appointments are contingent on having a Ph.D. degree. As a result there is an increase in the number of Ph.D. degrees being granted leading to a compromise in the quality of the theses. Quoting the example of the US where the doctoral programs are highly streamlined, Prof. Krishna, pointed out the lack of streamlining of the Ph.D. programs in many Institutions in India. He added 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 added that adequate financial support for a minimum period of four years should be extended to the Ph.D. scholars to ensure quality work.
In order to change the status quo the panelists stressed on the need to equip Ph.D. students with a coursework that is geared towards analytical rigour. On that issue Dr. Rao pointed out that a good doctoral thesis strikes a fine balance between rigour and relevance.
Dr. Rangarajan also stressed that a 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. Mahendra Dev, 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.
Prof. Mahendra Dev delivered the keynote address on ‘Some Issues in Make in India’ during the inaugural function in the morning. He quoted data from the work done at IGIDR and pointed out that India should adopt service-cum-manufacturing approach as opposed to service-versus-manufacturing. He disagreed with the “export pessimism” prevalent in India by pointing out that exports did create jobs in the country. He pointed out that India should focus on the unexplored sectors like textiles, clothing, footwear and toys. He also stressed the need for greater integration of domestic industries with global production networks.
During 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.
The Doctoral Thesis Conference that provides a platform for Ph.D. scholars all around the globe to present their work and get useful feedback from the experts in the field is organized by ICFAI Business School (IBS) every year. This year about 125 scholars from India and abroad are attending the conference.
ICFAI University (IFHE): The ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education is declared as a Deemed to be University under section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956. The University is accredited by NAAC with ‘A’ Grade with a score of 3.43 out of 4.
The University has a Ph.D. program in management and economics and offers both full-time and part-time programs. Currently, sixty two Ph.D. students are pursuing Ph.D. program at the University.
Around 4200 students are pursuing various programs in the Faculty of Management (ICFAI Business School), Faculty of Science & Technology (ICFAI Tech School), and Faculty of Law (ICFAI Law School). The University campus based at Hyderabad, is a 92 acres lush green campus with built-up area of over 16 lakh sq.ft. The campus is fully residential, Wi-Fi enabled and equipped with state-of-the- art facilities.Last Updated - 21 Apr 2017