More than two months after the University Grants Commission (UGC) asked all the universities to upload the data of PhD scholars on their websites, the University of Mumbai has still not complied with the guidelines.

The university is yet to upload complete details of the PhD scholars studying under its departments and affiliated colleges on its official website even after the stipulated deadline set by the UGC came to an end on May 10.

When asked about the delay, a senior university official said that the process of compiling data for the last 5 to 7 years is in the completion stage. “We have compiled almost all the data and will be in a position to upload it on the official website by next week”said the official.

On March 10, the UGC had written to vice-chancellors across the country asking them to compile data of PhD scholars and put them on their university websites within two months. It had later issued two reminders and had warned that the names of institutes that fail to upload these details would be uploaded on the UGC website.

Universities were given a format as per which details of each PhD scholar, including his mode of PhD, name of the supervisor, registration number, date of registration, likely date of completion, funding agency, etc needs to be uploaded on its official website. The UGC had earlier asked for students’ Aadhaar number, a condition that it withdrew later in a circular dated April 28 to maintain privacy.

With the delay in uploading these details, the university is likely to fall under the list of defaulters for not complying with the UGC guidelines. Senior faculty members raised concerns about the university’s lax approach towards UGC guidelines on research. “The university has hardly followed any UGC guidelines on research in the last few years. Open viva for PhD is still not practiced and there is no software to detect plagiarism yet. The theses are not uploaded on the UGC specified portal.

This shows its apathy towards research in general” said the professor.

HOW IT UNFOLDED

  • September 27, 2016: UGC issued research guidelines for universities.
  • May 10, 2017 : UGC gave two months to universities to upload the data.
  • May 16, 2017: UGC warned universities to upload the data at the earliest, failing which their names would be uploaded to the website as defaulters.

CHAIN OF EVENTS

  • On March 10, the UGC had written to vice-chancellors across the country asking them to compile data of PhD scholars and put them on their university websites within two months.
  • It later issued two reminders and had warned that the names of institutes that fail to upload these details would be uploaded on the UGC website.
  • UGC had earlier asked for students’ Aadhaar number, a condition that it withdrew later.