Inordinate delay in PhD admissions causes agony

first_imgInordinate delay and lackadaisical attitude of Osmania University officials are leaving Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) candidates, aspiring to get admitted into the Doctor of Philosophy programme in the varsity, in a quandary and distress. It has been two-and-a-half months since the interviews were conducted, but there has been no development in the process of the PhD admissions, which is causing agony to the aspirants. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us The PhD admissions in Osmania University always seem to court controversies. The usual complaints are about nepotism or favouring students supported by a particular student union. Now, adding to the woes of the meritorious students is slow pace of administrative work related to the admissions. Students who cleared the prestigious NET exam and are awarded JRF are eagerly awaiting admissions. The university issued a notification calling for interviews in March 2019 and interviews were conducted in April 24. The results for the interviews are yet to be declared. Students contacting the dean’s office have been getting the same response that the papers have been sent to UGC and the varsity is waiting for them. Never before were the JRF awardees made to wait for more than two months. Earlier, the result was declared within 10 days of the interview date. Also Read – CM KCR praises PRO for his books on Telangana Advertise With Us The aspirants allege that even after completion of interviews for nearly 13 JRF candidates, due to influence of student union leaders, second term interview was conducted without any notification and six more candidates were included. It is quite unethical, they opine. Usually, the university conducts PhD interviews twice in a year, but it has been almost a year that no notification is issued by the authorities, the students allege. They claim OU officials were reluctant to hold interviews. Advertise With Us “I cleared JRF in 2017 December and appeared for interview on April 24. It is the irresponsible behaviour of the authorities which caused this huge delay. I was happy when I cleared the exam as I was eligible for the scholarship, but this long wait has subjected me to much agony and made me look for jobs,” said a student deploring the state of affairs in the university. Another aspirant who appeared for interview on April 24 said,” Even after completion of interviews for JRF candidates on April 24, six more candidates were included due to the influence of the student organisation leaders recently. It is quite clear that the authorities are not bothered about the future of genuine candidates.” He also said that the delay could have happened only because of favouritism and nepotism. When The Hans India approached the university Dean Ashok Naidu, he clarified: “Students these days want everything faster like how they withdraw cash from ATM. We have sent the forms to the UGC and the delay is at their end. We will give the order copy as soon as we get them.”last_img read more

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Chavez joining trade bloc a boon for Venezuela

first_imgParaguay’s new president, Federico Franco, whose government is at odds with Venezuela, cited political motivations. “Venezuela has its elections Oct. 7. For that reason, Mercosur is trying to give a boost to President Chavez,” Franco said Monday, according to Paraguay’s state news agency.For Chavez, the visit to Brazil for Tuesday’s meeting was the first international trip he has made as president in months following an operation in Cuba in February that removed a tumor. Chavez said earlier this month that he is now cancer-free.Chavez said upon his arrival in Brasilia that with Venezuela joining, “Mercosur increases its territory, its population, its economic potential.”Last week, Chavez dismissed criticisms of Venezuela’s entry into Mercosur, saying it wouldn’t be anything like the U.S.-supported free trade deals that he has vocally opposed. He called the Mercosur trade regimen “flexible” and said it accepts differences between members.In contrast with the U.S., Chavez said, “Brazil isn’t an empire. Brazil is a brother… as is Argentina, and also Uruguay and Paraguay.”___Associated Press writer Pedro Servin in Asuncion, Paraguay, contributed to this report. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Four benefits of having a wireless security system Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Associated PressCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Joining the South American trade bloc Mercosur will be a boon for Venezuela and should help the country’s businesses boost international sales, President Hugo Chavez said Monday as he traveled to Brazil for a meeting where Venezuela will formally become a member.Chavez urged Venezuelan business leaders, some of whom are concerned about reducing tariffs, to support the initiative as he left Caracas for the meeting in Brasilia. He said joining Mercosur will allow Venezuela “to have a much wider market to climb the scale” in its exports and also diversify its largely oil-driven economy. At the same time, Chavez said the bloc’s other members, including Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, will also have expanded access to Venezuela’s vast oil reserves.Some business leaders and farmers say they’re worried that the four-year period during which Venezuela should eliminate tariffs on products from Mercosur members will be too short, and that cheaper imports from countries such as Brazil and Argentina could hurt Venezuelan businesses.Coffee grower Vicente Perez said he and other Venezuelan farmers are already struggling due to price controls and 21 percent inflation, and is concerned that joining the trade bloc will bring more economic pain.“Now we just survive, and when Mercosur arrives I don’t know what will happen,” said Perez, who said price controls and other problems have forced him to leave his farm in central Portuguesa state in the hands of workers while he moved to the city to look for other work.Perez, who is also a leader of the country’s main farmers’ association, said he’s worried that cheaper imports of products such as beef, soy beans and coffee from countries such as Brazil will drive Venezuelan producers out of the market and lead to declining agricultural production. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Food imports have swiftly risen in Venezuela during the past seven years as the government has sought to meet rising demand, counter inflation and compensate for declining domestic production of various food products. Periodic shortages of items such as sugar, coffee and cooking oil have emptied shelves at times in recent years.Increased food imports from other South American countries such as Brazil and Argentina have also supplied a network of state-run grocery stores that Chavez’s government has opened to bring low-priced products to poor neighborhoods where many of the president’s supporters live.Venezuela’s growing commercial ties with Mercosur members could also help Chavez raise his international profile as he seeks re-election in an October vote.Venezuela’s efforts to become a full member of Mercosur have been in the works for nearly six years but until recently were held up by resistance from lawmakers in Paraguay. Last month, when Paraguay was temporarily suspended from Mercosur in response to the congressional ouster of its president, the leaders of Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay seized the opportunity and welcomed Chavez’s government as a member. Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

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