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UGC makes it mandatory for PhD students to learn about research ethics, plagiarism

UGC says quality of research in India is low, wants students to learn about how to avoid data manipulation and the menace of fake journals.
IIT-Guwahati

‘Everything is abnormal’ at IIT Guwahati, students allege they’re being driven to suicide

IIT Guwahati students say there’s a lack of professional counselling and empathy among teachers, which is driving some to take the extreme step.
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From next year, NIT students to get direct admission for PhD in IIT Delhi

NIT students will have to score a CGPA of 8 by the end of their third year to sit for an interview at IIT-Delhi.
HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal. | ANI Photos

HRD minister Pokhriyal has many PhDs, his office says & slams complaint against his degree

An appeal filed in President Ram Nath Kovind’s office has called for Ramesh Pokhriyal’s disqualification as minister for citing a ‘fake’ doctorate degree.
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Modi govt looks at bringing back 4-year undergrad course, doing away with Master’s for PhD

The idea is being discussed by an internal review panel in the UGC, and a final decision on the plan is likely to be arrived at in September.
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Plagiarism, data manipulation hurting India’s research, govt panel raises alarm

Govt-appointed panel, headed by former IISC director P. Balram, calls for overhaul of research process, says state of PhDs 'far from satisfactory'.
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A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.
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What is ‘lota’ doing in PhDs? Why UGC is worried about Indian research

The enrolment in PhDs jumped 50% between 2011 and 2017, leading UGC to invite proposals for a six-month study to assess the quality of theses in the past decade.
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50% jump in PhDs since 2011, govt wants study on how good many of them actually are

UGC invites proposals for 6-month study to assess the quality of PhD theses done in the last 10 years, across both private and public institutions.

Modi govt now says PhDs on ‘national priorities’ was a bureaucratic blunder

Minutes of an HRD meeting mention 'national priorities' but govt never issued a circular nor an order directing universities to comply with it.

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Customers have their temperature checked at the entrace to a Co.opmart supermarket during a partial lockdown imposed due to the coronavirus in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. | Photographer: Maika Elan | Bloomberg

We shouldn’t assume there will be a post-Covid-19 era

On the World Vs Virus podcast, historian Niall Ferguson said that we shouldn’t assume that there will be a post-Covid-19 era.

Lancet HCQ study row: Did WHO, experts rush to damn the drug due to Trump, Modi politics?

Medical journal The Lancet has admitted that questions have been raised about the data published in its earlier paper on hydroxychloroquine drug.

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Indian and Chinese soldiers during a military exercise in Meghalaya last year | Representational image | ANI

‘Unprecedented’ — India, China deploy Lt Gen-rank army officers to solve border row

India’s 14 Corps Commander will meet the chief of China’s Southern Xinjiang Military District on 6 June after other rounds of talks failed to resolve the month-long border row.

The Chinese are so predictable, Modi & Shah should’ve seen them coming on 5 August 2019

India should’ve anticipated the Chinese appearance in Ladakh, even the timing of it, when the status of Jammu & Kashmir was changed.