An Open letter to HRD minister

Government’s decision to make PhD degree mandatory for teaching in universities from 2021-22 has generated mixed response among educators. But is PhD, in its current avatar, really effective to help teachers in teaching? We ask…

 

Dear Mr Minister,

Refer the government’s decision to make PhD degree mandatory for direct recruitment to the post of assistant professors in universities from 2021-22.

I, myself have been a college teacher (professor to be precise), and have retired as a Principal of a degree college in India. As an educationist, I have had several chances of meeting and also interviewing PhD holders who would often come to our college for jobs as lecturers. My interactions with them have led me to believe that PhD, in its present form, is not worthwhile for teaching PG students. PhD, as it is, consumes an average three years of students’ research work on some specific topic of a subject of his guide’s own specialization, affording little chance to student to widen his/her own knowledge of subject, very much needed for effective personality of teachers at PG/UG level.

In my opinion, the PhD be reshaped, may be partly or wholly, as the experts may decide, so as to evolve a course which can benefit and equip the students well as teachers for PG/UG level. This course will be more attractive to students and less costly to government.

Yours faithfully,
Prof ML Bhan

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