in our colleges.” Dr A P Singh, the dean of research and innovation consultancy at PTU, also denied that classes were being held in colleges and not in the regional centres.
The director of GNIMT, Colonel H S Singha, however, admitted that the institute was conducting PhD course-work on its premises. “Yes we are running unofficial PhD classes for our own teachers in GNIMT. The regional centre does not have proper arrangements,” Singha said.
Educationalists are warning that UGC could cancel these degrees any time. Dr Karamjit Singh, professor at Panjab University, Chandigarh, said: “PTU is making a mockery of the system and this is illegal. As per norms, a minimum of 135 hours needs to be devoted to three papers.” The former dean of research at Punjabi University (Patiala), Dr S S Tiwana, added: “This is completely wrong and such degrees are useless.”