UGC has now made the direct PhD’s as a mandatory clause for the jobs in the University. The step comes in the wake of accusations of poor standard of teaching from the professor’s who holds a PhD through distance education.
It is noteworthy to note that none of the Universities in Tamilnadu offers a distance education PhD. Hence students travel to Andhra Pradesh where this is offered. Tamilnadu Government does not permit those who have obtained degree through an Open University to apply for a University Job. However it is interesting to note that some Universities in Tamil Nadu are open to external registration of PhD which is similar to distance education.
Under distance education PhD, the University will be in one place, the Guide will be in another place and the Research Scholar in another place which makes it practically not feasible to ascertain the effectiveness of the research,