Ph.D and Doctoral studies are trend now

Hyderabad, June 13, 2019. Ph.D and Doctoral studies are in news now. Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry recently notified that Ph.D will be mandatory for the direct recruitment of assistant professors in Indian universities. From the year 2021, PhD Degree is Mandatory For Recruitment Of University Teachers. Also there is another news was in the media that UGC (University Grants Commission) to would like to review Ph.D theses submitted in the past ten years. The move comes following concerns raised for degrading quality of research in the country.

UGC is also plans to conduct a study on “Quality of Ph.D thesis in Indian Universities.

Osmania University recently announced that it will award over 800 Ph.D degrees during its 80th convocation on June 17 in the city

An American University, University of Swahili announced recently that they hold a Ph.D Convocation here in Hyderabad in the third week of June. 

A city based Prashas Research Consulting Pvt. Ltd announced that it is specialized in offering guidance, support and mentoring to hose aspirants who wants to seek admission or register in to Ph.D program.

Why Ph.D and Doctoral studies in news now?  It is news now to raise its falling standards.  And also it is in news because, not many Indians not our education is more research-oriented said Shakir Ali of Prashas Research.

Why are not many people in India research-oriented? A very few and a small number of graduates register for PhD programs.  While in some Universities there is more demand and there are limited seats.   Even those register, don’t produce much path-breaking results.  But, Prashas organization decided to change this. It aims to rope in more students in to Doctoral studies. 

But on the other side having a Ph.D is becoming a trend now says Prashas Consulting.

In this light of background we have been providing admission guidance and mentorship to well over 1000 Ph D aspirants in the last 18 months and helped them register for Doctorate programs in many universities informed Shakir Ali of Prashas Research. 

It has specialized in this area of guiding people and encourage more to go for Ph.D and doctorate programs. Until now we have focused on people who are well settled in their respective professions,  but always wanted to pursue doctoral education program. But, for some or other reasons couldn’t do so.  In the last 18 months we have motivated nearly 1000 such people to register for Ph.D programs. We have acquired all the expertise required to guide people and mentor people in Ph.D. registrations in various Universities, informs representative of Prashans Research.

There are no other degrees higher than a doctorate degree.  Earning just one PhD can take 10 years of college and field work. Most doctorate programs have entrance requirements an aspirant must  meet before he/she is accepted into the program. Further the completion rate of PhD in India is only about 50 percent said Dr. D.S. Venkatesh

Says Shakri Ali of Prashas Consulting, It is everyone's dream to earn the title of Doctor (Dr.) in their name. But, many don’t know and how, where to register for Ph.D program and what subject to choose. So we help them achieve their dream.

People feel good to use title Dr. infornt of their name.  In some European countries the wife of a male Ph. D calls herself “Mrs. Dr. so and so”. Whether that is a good practice or not is a different issue. But, the example cited here shows how much  people like to use Dr. as a title to their name informs Anitha of Prashas Research Consulting.

Does a Ph.D offer an advantage when looking for a job?.  The answer to this is big no. But, yes,  it can serve as a discriminator in getting promoted says Dr. Siddaram.

Ph.D from a good university is a big plus, says Kamini a teacher.  Doctoral program is a good credential. Ph.D puts one in a different class than the competitors for the position and the credibility.  Doctoral program has both advantages and disadvantages.  Some organizations, mostly private,  may ridicule.  Ph.D doesn’t offer much advantage outside Academia, observes Prof. Deendayal, an educationist and retired professor. . 

However, there are people who have different opinion on this.  A Ph.D. outside of academia has considerable value as it certifies that you have mastered one small area of original thinking, observes Laxma Reddy, a research assistant at a private lab at Patancheru.

A Ph.D in journalism may not be well taken in the profession.  Depending on the field, a Ph. D can give an advantage or make one overqualified. But, a PhD is an advantage in a set of jobs such as Banking, Data Science, Biotechnology etc.

 A Ph.D is a requirement for most research science positions in government and industry. And even UGC--University Grants Commission mandated it for many faculties. NASA is known to employ many Ph.D qualified people in their organization. Government jobs frequently post Ph.D. positions in research shops at national labs and the like.

Besides professional reasons, now many are now going for Ph.D because they have an opportunity to get a Ph.D and it is their cherished dream.  And some want for personal reasons.  They want to earn that title "Dr" and want to add to their name. 

It is very interesting to study how Ph. D holders are spread in the world?  A study on the countries with the most Doctoral Graduates revealed that USA tops with 67, 449, Germany with 28, 147, UK 25, 020 and India stands fourth with 24,300 and Japan comes fifth with 16, 039 Ph.Ds. 

The total number of PhDs recorded for the last 10 years was 45,561. The number of students who enter at the doctoral education level is abysmally low.  It is just 0.25 of the total number who enrolled at the graduate level enroll for the Ph.D.

According to the National Institute of Advanced Studies, the women enrolment in Doctoral programs is very low and drops  by 38 percent. 

Southern states have one third of Ph.D enrolments in the country. Andhra Pradesh,  Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have a third of all Ph.D enrolments in the country.  Nearly 80,000 students said to be pursuing research in subjects every year.  But, not all get awarded Doctoral Degrees. 

The number of Ph.D graduates has gone up in this country over the last few decades.  It is stated that first Ph.D was awarded in India in 1904.  It is also stated that there were only a dozen doctorates in this country till the year 1920.  Till the year 2000, there were just 326 institutions which awarded Ph.Ds. But, this number has gone up to 910 by the year 2018.  The top-ranked universities in India grant around 2,500 science PhDs each year.  We get 800 chemistry PhDs a year from top Universities

As per the last count, there were 24,000 in all disciplines from about 900 institutions in 2017. According to the UGC--University Grants Commission, the number of science PhD holders tripled in the same period. Nearly 6,000 people granted science PhDs annually. 

Now there are Part time Ph.D programs, Online Ph. D programs.  With efforts from organizations like Prashas Research, UGC focusing on Ph.Ds, foreign university University of Swahili choosing Hyderabad in India for their convocation program, we can definitely say time has come for Ph.Ds

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