Osmania University authorities are still undecided whether to continue with the existing cut-off marks or to accept students' demand of lower cut-off marks.
With just a couple of weeks left to start the admission process for PhD courses, the Osmania University, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh is yet to declare the cut off marks for the eligibility test. With the students vociferously demanding to reduce the cut off marks, the University authorities are still undecided whether to continue with the existing cut off marks or to accept the students' demand.
Speaking to Express, OU Registrar Prof E Suresh Kumar said that the admission process will begin only after the row over cut off marks is solved. "We have already prepared the list of vacant seats in various departments and the admission schedule will be announced in a couple of weeks," he added.
In 2014, the university had fixed the cut off marks for research courses as, 50 marks for General category, 45 marks for Backward Caste (BC) and 40 marks for Schedule Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) students. However, soon after the results were announced, there was a spate of complaints and students demanded to reduce the cut-off marks by five marks for each category.
Insisting on the implementation of previous guidelines on cut-off marks, the students appealed to the university authorities to keep the minimum score at 40 marks for general category, 35 for BC and 30 for SC, ST categories. As the university took almost an year to conduct eligibility test, the students said, their preparation was affected due to this long delay.
Eligibility Criteria for Ph. D at Osmania University
- Post-Graduate Degree from a recognized University or
- Post Graduate Degree through Distance mode from a recognized University and approved by the Distance Education Council (DEC), New Delhi, in the concerned subject or in an allied subject approved by the Osmania University
- At least 55% marks at the Post-Graduate Degree for General candidates
- At least 50% marks at the Post-Graduate Degree for SC/ST candidates
Velpula Sanjay, president of Bahujan Student Front, OU, said, "We are only asking the university to reduce the qualifying marks. This will not affect the admission process at all. Even if more students appear for interview, only those who are talented would get admission."
Meanwhile, a senior official at OU said the university has forwarded a proposal to the in-charge Vice Chancellor and principal secretary for Education, Ranjeev R Acharya and deputy chief minister Kadiyam Srihari. They will take the final call.
This year, there are 601 PhD seats are av ailable in 62 subjects. After the declaration of results in June, 6,747 of the total 10,828 applicants have qualified for admission to PhD courses.
Osmania University confers Ph. D degrees in Faculties of Arts, Commerce, Management, Education, Law, Social Sciences, Oriental Languages, Science, Technology, Pharmacy, Engineering and Informatics.
Source: New Indian Express
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