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IITB to start pre-doctoral training programme

Posted on: November 12, 2010

A training programme to train PhD students in aspects ranging from technical writing to professional skills is being introduced by the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

The initiative is part of the comprehensive review programme at IIT-B which has seen a 100% increase in the number of doctorate students on roll in a span of eight years. From 771 PhDs in 2001-2002, the number went up to 1,681 in 2010.

“It will hone their skills in research methodologies and train them in communication, ethics and professional practices in the domain of research and development,” said VSK Murthy Balijepalli, general secretary, academic affairs, post-graduate programmes, IIT-B.

The programme will be introduced from the 2011-12 academic year. It will expose students to research. Training students in documentation and presentation will be an integral part of the programme. Basic technical and scientific skills will also be taught.

The programme will teach them history and tradition of research communities. “The PhD students come from various backgrounds and institutes spread across the country. They must be prepared in a way so that they are able to articulate their ideas well and have clarity about the work they undertake in future,” he said.

A proposal on introducing special PhD-level courses has also been approved.

“Currently, PhDs can enroll in any of the courses running in the institute on the suggestion of their guide. The existing courses can be moulded to the needs of PhD students and more research-related assignments could be given to them,” said Balijepalli.

It will include PhD-level course-work relevant to a particular research problem or theme. The PhD-level courses can also cover mathematical tools for research and experimental handling of equipments among others.


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