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Coromandel Trade, 1650-1740

Coromandel Trade, 1650-1740

MPhil/PhD Students' Predicament THE Post Graduate Students' Union (PGSU) of the University of Bombay has submitted a memorandum signed by 81 research scholars to the Chairman of the University Grants Commission drawing attention to the fact that the recently announced regulations regarding the appointment of university and college teachers do not clearly mention the status of MPhil and PhD research scholars who are likely to apply for the lecturers' posts. According to The Times of India, June 18, 1987, those who are to be appointed as lecturers under the new scheme need be only post-graduates with 55 per cent marks. This will amount to ignoring the long years of hardwork which one has put in for MPhil and especially for PhD, Moreover if a 55 per cent at the postgraduate level is made a desideratum for appointment to lecturers' posts, then several good researchers who are currently pursuing research with marks below 55 per cent will get affected. They will not even be eligible to apply for the national level test which is expected to be conducted from 1988. These researchers joined for research years before, expecting that they can enter the academic profession after completing their research programme. Several of them have crossed the age-limit for non-academic jobs and even during the PhD period many of them had to work without any regular or substantial fellowships. They undertook these stresses and strains only because of their genuine interest in the academic profession.

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