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Most Ph.D students at IITB came right after bachelors

Posted on: February 10, 2011

by Indian Express

Instead of opting for a lucrative job, Sushant Dey (name changed) chose to pursue Ph.D at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, directly after getting his bachelor’s degree in technology in 2008. Dey was not alone.

Around 69.8 per cent of those who joined for doctorate at the IIT in 2010 had done so right after their bachelor’s degree, a rarity till now. In 2006, just 19 graduates opted to directly join for Ph.D at IIT Bombay. But the numbers have gone up steadily since, with 43 students in 2008, 55 in 2009 and 63 in 2010.

“While the job market wasn’t too promising, the kind of fellowships and stipends being offered to PhDs were attractive. Moreover, research and development had got quite a fillip over the years,” said Dey.

A post recession phenomenon, say experts, is one of the reasons behind this jump. “2008, the recession year, saw a considerable jump (55.8 per cent) in the number of B.tech/BE/Bsc.T) students taking up PhD at IIT Bombay — from 19 and 20 in the years 2006 and 2007, respectively. As placements across campuses were not very encouraging and several high-paying jobs and companies were missing, some students may have taken to academics as a safe and stable option,” said V S K Murthy Balijepalli, general secretary, academic affairs, post graduate programmes, IIT Bombay.

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