Students who register for a PhD will now have to go through a test. "Earlier, the scenario was more informal with students registering for a PhD, using their personal contacts to select the guide," said Gujarat University official. "The changes are welcome as meritorious students will benefit from them," said Parimal Trivedi, vice chancellor of the Gujarat University.
GU sources added: "Earlier, influential students got a PhD guide of their choice despite not having the academic credentials. Meritorious students were often left without a guide because a PhD guide is allowed only five students at a time." With PhD aspirants having to take a test under new rules, this anomaly will be removed. GU gets around 50 PhD students every year.