How do we improve the quality of our doctorates?There have been some press reports that the UGC is now tapping into all the doctorates produced
in various disciplines, by various Universities. One is given to understand that in some deemed universities there are ghost writers who can "manage" everything. That is, including the publication of research papers in refereed journals. One really does not know how far this is true, but there are so many rumors in this regard. The amount that is payable is reportedly three hundred thousand rupees, through illegal channels.
Even otherwise, one does find that there are too many dubious characters around. In any conference or seminar, those with solid industrial experience are able to see through these guys who merely copy something from some published sources and talk through their hat. Their awareness of what is going on in the industry in the particular field, for example, HR, as far as Management, is a big zero. That is, they are far removed from the field. Imagine what will happen to the MBA students. These innocent souls always complain that they are always taught only theory. When the industry exposure is also zero ( the project work in most MBA colleges is a mere formality), the student quality suffers.
Can we go in for industrial experience as a must for any doctorate? That is, they should have worked in the industry in an appropriate capacity, before taking up the doctorate. Can this be implemented everywhere, even for Chemistry, or Mathematics and so on? What is the way out?