AIIMS proposes to cancel Interview for PhD: The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) suggested that interviews conducted in the Ph.D. selection process should be replaced by written examinations which will provide a common platform for students coming from different parts of the country.
To increase the impact and volume of research conducted at educational institutions, the administration put forward around 40-50 Ph.D. Institution Fellowship based on Prime Minster’s Research Fellows (PMRF) scheme. A total budget of INR 200 crore is provided under this scheme. This is subject to approvals from the administrative authorities of AIIMS and the Government of India.
The AIIMS Director Dr. M Srinivas had a meeting with Ph.D. students and other administration members. In this meeting, it was proposed that there is an urgent need for restructuring the selection process for Ph.D. courses and the Institute Fekkowship Awards at AIIMS New Delhi, an official notice was also issued.
The notice stated that “The selection process should be completely objective, transparent and should be based on written examination (MCQs and OSCE/OSPE). There shall not be any interview at any stage,”.
The notice also conveyed that, the decision will help in providing high-quality research at AIIMS further leading to an increase in the NIRF score in research. The Ph.D. entrance exam will be conducted twice a year at various centers across the country under DM/ MCH entrance examination.
In the meeting, it was discussed that an in-house funding mechanism is also required to provide admission for deserving candidates for Ph.D. courses and award Institute Fellowships.
The notice further stated that “The academic section has been asked to examine the same and initiate appropriate agendas for further deliberations in the Staff Council, Academic Committee, Standing Finance Committee, to ensure an early implementation of these proposed reforms,”.