Candidates thrilled by No. of UoM’s doctoral programmes
Mysuru: It is raining PhD seats at the University of Mysore (UoM) this year. For academic year 2017-18, the university has announced a whopping 930 PhD vacancies in its campus and affiliated/ research institutes for which the entrance examination will be held on October 29 in Mysuru and Bengaluru.
According to candidates who have applied for PhD admission this year, the university has announced the vacancies in each subject. As per the announcement, in the science faculty, two departments have more than 100 vacancies. Interestingly, in a few departments the vacancies are in single digits.
In the biotechnology department, the highest numbers of vacancies are announced with 112 seats followed by biochemistry (104). Chemistry (72 seats), development studies (55 seats), business administration (48 seats) and electronics department have 44 vacancies. There are fewer vacancies in departments like one each in Urdu and women’s studies, two each in genetics, library science, and physical education department etc. There are no vacancies in anthropology, audiology, linguistics, molecular biology and urban & regional planning.
The university registrar (evaluation) J Somashekar said some vacancies are very high as they include those even in affiliated/ recognised research institutes.
Candidates are thrilled by the huge number of vacancies in various subjects as this will help them take up a career in research. K H Gurukiran , a candidate, said more vacancies mean more opportunities. “I am looking for opportunities in chemistry and I want to take up research after completing my PhD. I hope the huge number of vacancies will help many candidates like me,” he said.
Snehashri, another candidate, said even though more seats are announced, it doesn’t guarantee a seat for all applicants as one needs to clear the entrance test.
Academicians are cautious about the huge number of PhD admissions. “I welcome it and hope the university has considered the infrastructure available both in the university departments and recognised institutes. The University Grants Commission has fixed criteria for PhD admissions and the university must ensure all these criteria are met,’ he said.
Source: Times of India