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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.

‘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.

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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Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi

Qureshi’s Saudi criticism on Kashmir hints shift in Pakistan’s strategy for the Islamic world

20 years ago, during a meeting at the PPP office in Islamabad, Qureshi had told this writer that he was from Multan where Kashmir had no resonance.
Gold necklaces are displayed on a counter as employees serve customers in Pune

Purchase of jewellery over Rs 1 lakh, Rs 20,000 hotel bills to come under I-T scanner

The move comes as the Modi government aims to widen the tax base by using data of high value transactions to look for tax evaders.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses CII Annual Session 2020 via a video conference in New Delhi Tuesday. | Photo: ANI

Submarines, AK 203 rifles — two Make in India projects Modi govt set to push on priority

Tenders for the submarines are expected to be issued ‘soon’ while the Indo-Russian AK 203 rifles could be finalised by October.
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Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.