IANS quoted University Rector Chintamani Mahapatra, "There has been no such announcement from the university. We have effected no reduction in the admission intake for students. All the news which is circulating in the media is false".
According to the media reports doing the rounds, the university had supposedly made cuts to the available seats for M.Phil. and PhD courses. The media reports also claimed that the university had decided to scrape admission in certain departments for the upcoming academic session. However, Mahapatra also added that the University has not yet made any reduction and the decision in this regard is pending.
Going by the UGC guideline which advocates a cap on the number of students who can be mentored by faculty members for PhD and M.Phil, there may actually be no admission in these courses for a long time to come. The guideline recommends a maximum of eight Ph.D students for a Professor, six for an Associate Professor and three for an Assistant Professor. The maximum number for M.Phil candidates is three for Professor, two for Associate Professor, and one for Assistant Professor.
(With Inputs from IANS)
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