By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, May 10: Cut corners are not always valid, at least not in getting a doctorate or M. Phil degree from a university. This is what a section of college teachers in Assam and some universities elsewhere in the country are yet to put into their practice. A doctoral thesis has to follow its entire meandering course.
The Assam Government has doubt over the doctorate (Ph.D.) and M. Phil degrees of some college teachers of the State. It has also come to light that some universities of the country offer doctorate and M. Phil degrees to candidates without having to take any written examitions and course works. The matter came to light yesterday on the floor of the State Assembly that is in a three-day special session now.
In his written reply to a query from AGP legislator Utpal Dutta, Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said: “Doctorate and M. Phil degrees obtained from CMJ University in Meghalaya, Singhania University in Rajasthan, Magadh University in Bihar etc., are doubtful. These universities offer such degrees without strictly adhering to the guidelines issued by University Grant Commission (UGC) in 2009. The Principal of Rajiv Gandhi Memorial College at Lengtisinga in Barpeta district, Jaharul Islam, has been suspended for holding a doubtful Ph. D. degree. Tezpur College Principal Jyoti Kamal Hazarika has also been issued a show-cause notice regarding his doctorate degree. College teachers to be detected to hold fake doctorate and M. Phil degrees will be dealt with.”
“Some college teachers going for doctorate degrees are not seen to avail study leave under Study Leave Rules or Faculty Development Programme (DFP),” the minister said, and added: “It has also come to light that some universities exempt candidates teaching in colleges from the mandatory six-month course work.”