NAGPUR: The Nagpur University has finally decided to act against students who were pursuing their doctoral degree under the guidance of a PhD holder from Meghalaya-based Chandra Mohan Jha University (CMJU). Pro-VC Maheshkumar Yenkie informed that they will be rejecting synopsis of the five students while NU Research Recognition Committee (RRC) would remove name of assistant professor at Chandrapur-based Sardar Patel Mahavidyalaya PB Dhumane from the list of supervisors for guiding PhD aspirants during its regular meeting on August 27.
Bharti Dikshit, Eera Taldar, Nishant Shastrakar, Pravin Thakre and Shital Bora were pursing their PhD under Dhumane and were supposed to give presentation on their synopsis on August 27 before the experts’ panel. The item for removal of Dhumane’s name would be placed as additional one during the RRC meeting.
The action came after TOI reported on August 18 how RRC named Dhumane as PhD guide despite the fact that he had secured PhD from CMJU and subsequently, his salary and increments were stopped by the joint director of higher education for Nagpur region Dilip Patil. “His name would undoubtedly be removed from the list as he had committed moral turpitude. If he hadn’t received his degree from the CMJU, about six months of his students would have been saved. But, now we’ve to act as per the government’s recommendations,” the pro-VC said.
He, however, clarified that Dhumane was granted status of a PhD guide on the basis of his MSc degree and experience of over 10 years, which were mandatory requirements. Currently, his college comes under the jurisdiction of Gondwana University. “We have already cancelled approved teacher status of one such lecturer and also removed name of Surendra Rehmatkar, working at Computer Science and Information Technology Department of NIT Engineering College, from the list of PhD supervisors.”
He added that the aggrieved students approached him asking what was their fault. “But I told them that NU had to act as per rules,” he said. Earlier, Dhumane confirmed to TOI that he had obtained PhD from CMJU and even visited the university’s headquarters at Shillong.