Bangalore University’s (BU) boast about having a great demand for its PhD programmes seems to have fallen flat after some officials pointed to a discrepancy.

It claimed to have received around 2,800 applications for the programme, for which an entrance test was held last Sunday.

Usually, PG students cannot apply for Phd programmes in their 4th semester. They are allowed to do so only after a year of their passing out. But the officials noted that around 30-40 percent candidates at the entrance exam last week were 4th semester postgraduate students. A source from the university pointed that a lot of the applicants have not even cleared their 4th semester exams and did not their have their marks cards with them.

“A student should secure around 50-55 per cent to apply for the entrance examination. But this was not scrutinised at all,” said a source from the university. However, the Vice-Chancellor has denied any wrongdoing and said everything was done as per University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines. Professor Venugopal KR, VC of BU said, “It was done as per the UGC mandate and there is a provision for students to write the exam.

The students have to submit all their documents when the merit list is being prepared. We will verify everything and if the students are not eligible academically or with respect to documents, they will not be given admissions.”

Meanwhile, candidates said that the examination department was not consulted on the issue and a highprofile committee was created under the leadership of the Vice-Chancellor to conduct the examination.

All this has left the students questioning authenticity of the examination. The university has invited applications for the PhD programme after three years

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