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Research scholars keen to get a Ph.D in the performing arts from Gujarat University will soon be able to chose as guide the popular actor of the 70s Amol Palekar or renowned classical singers Rajan and Sajan Mishra. Similarly, students studying for a doctoral degree in physiotherapy will be able to have as their guide no other than Sachin Tendulkar's physiotherapy, Dr. Ali Irani. These and other decisions were taken at a recent meeting of the university's research cell held to address the problem of shortage of qualified guides in different disciplines.
The GU research cell decided to rope in the services of experts in different fields from other institutes of repute to guide doctoral students. Giving this information, GU vice-chancellor Dr. Parimal Trivedi said that the names of more than 25 experts in various subjects were approved as guides for doctoral students in their subjects. The subjects for which names of guides were approved include economics, forensic science, climate change, biomedical technology, energy, computer science, yoga and sports, rural management and tourism among others. Experts from Physical Research Laboratory, Institute of Plasma Research, ISRO and Sardar Patel Institute of Economics and Social Research will also be able to become guides for GU's doctoral students. The vice-chancellor said students will be able to have as guides experts like Dr. H. L. Trivedi, Dr. R. K. Patel, PRL director Prof. J. N. Goswami; Space Application Centre director Dr. R. R. Navalgund and noted economist Y.K. Alagh to mention a few. The vice-chancellor further said that the university's decision to appoint as Ph.D guides experts who may not have a Ph.D degree themselves, was a bold one. "For example, Sachin's physiotherapist doesn't have Ph.D but he certainly is an expert in the field. He has been appointed under the vice-chancellor's special powers to make such appointments," the GU vice-chancellor said. The decision to rope in as Ph.D guides experts and celebrities will come as a ray of hope for students who are unable to find highly qualified guides in areas such as space research, performing arts, Jainism and several other disciplines. Last year, around 500 students had cleared the Ph.D entrance test conducted by GU but the university had only 150 approved guides. In this backdrop, the decision to rope in the services of experts from different fields will improve the quality of research in the university, said Dr. Trivedi.
Courtesy: DNA India
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