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Kerala High Court okays Kerala University stand on research guides

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The New Indian Express |  By Express News Service |  21st June 2016 |

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The High Court has ordered that only those teachers, who have at least five years of service remaining, should function as research guides in University of Kerala.The court has asked the UGC to file a counter affidavit on the matter within a month. In case the regulatory body fails to file a counter affidavit, the order will automatically come into effect.

 The court also gave in-principle nod to the Kerala University’s implementation of the UGC norms relating to research guides. It also ordered that PhD registrations that have been carried out in violation of the UGC guidelines could be re-examined and research students re-assigned as per norms. The UGC had written to universities in the country stating that only serving teachers be allowed to function as research guides. The University of Kerala had passed an order mandating compliance with the UGC directive in January this year. On February 1, the university had also issued an order allowing teachers who retire in 2015-16 to function as research guides for one more year.  As laid down in the UGC guidelines, the varsity also mandated that each research supervisor should guide not more than eight research scholars and five MPhil scholars at a time.The order had triggered widespread resentment. However, the university maintained that following UGC guidelines was mandatory to ensure that its research activities continue unhindered. –  Courtesy

No action that devalues research degree: University of Kerala  |  The Hindu |  Thiruvananthapuram |

Says illegal demands by teachers’ forums will not be accepted

Close on the heels of an interim order from the High Court of Kerala staying the University of Kerala’s recent order barring retired teachers from acting as research guides, the university, on Monday, issued a press note saying it would not take any action that would devalue its research degree.  The university B.Ed. centres had lost their recognition for not following the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) guidelines and the distance education centre had lost its recognition for not adhering to UGC guidelines. So, no action would be taken which would degrade the research degree, the press note read. The High Court on June 15 had issued an interim stay on the order of the university on research guides. The varsity had issued its order following a clarification by the UGC that the granting of a doctoral or M.Phil. degree to a scholar who is not under a regular teacher shall be in violation of the UGC (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Aware of M.Phil./PhD) Regulations 1999.

 Research guides

The High Court order permits retired teachers to continue as research guides till the completion of five years from the time of registration for the doctoral degree. However, the court order notes that if it is found that a scholar was allocated to a teacher after the latter’s retirement then that scholar shall be reallocated to a serving teacher, the varsity press note reads. –  Courtesy

Click here to download : The Interim Order / The Verdict : ( 7 Pages )  Hon. High Court of Kerala in WP(c) 17725/2016 pertaining to Research Supervisor issue


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