One of the biggest technical university in the country, Anna University, with more than 500 affiliated colleges has decided to award 1,010 PhD degrees to scholars. In the year 2010, only 264 PhD scholars were able to get their degrees from the university. The numbers since then has gone up heavily and over the last five years the number has raised steeply by more than 282%. In the year 1984 there were only 3 PhD degrees that were offered to the scholars which rose to a healthy number of 162 by the year 2007. From 2010 onwards the numbers kept on increasing in the university.
Information and Communication Engineering Department saw 339 doctorates while science and humanities department stood second at 252 scholars who were given the doctorates. The third position in terms of numbers went to Mechanical Engineering with 136 scholars receiving award. The electrical engineering department produced 128 PhDs, while the management science gave away 73 degrees. Civil Engineering bagged 41 degrees while Technology got 38 and architecture and planning received three doctorate degrees.
The Vice Chancellor of Anna University, M Rajaram said, “We have the highest number of PhD degrees awarded in convocation by any technical university in India.”
Talking about the reason of such a number of scholars getting their degrees, Director of the University’s Centre for Research Usha Natesan said, “There is no delay now in reviewing the work submitted by the candidates. Earlier it could even take 10 months. Now candidates can get their research paper reviewed in three months. This has also helped improve numbers to a large extent.”
At the 35th convocation of the university on Wednesday the university gave away, 1, 41,726 UG and 42, 140 PG graduates their degrees. The researchers who got their doctorate degrees would take up jobs as teachers in various engineering colleges or would continue to do their research in centers of excellence. They could also be a part of the government departments all across the country and serve the nation.
The number of the researchers contains full time as well as part time researchers which make it different from the numbers in different IITs where there are all full-time committed researchers at the IITs rather being part time scholars.