VKS University, (Veer Kunwar Singh) a public university in Bihar, will soon be video graphing Ph.D. viva. With this decision, the VKSU has gone over Magadh University and has proven its merit by taking measures that work against fake degrees and poor research quality. The university parted its ways from the university two decades back. VKS University was established in the year 1976 under the Bihar University Act. This university has been ranked among the top universities of Bihar.
It all started when the issue of fake degrees came into play and became the source of discussion. A number of discussions took place at the different MU forums. It was also recently revealed that some students from foreign countries, were able to get their Ph.D. degree even when they were not visiting India.
When an investigation was conducted, it came to be known that between the years 2011-14, almost 300 students got their Ph.D. degree. They also went to the immigration officials to find about the students who got their degree as to how many students actually visited India.
Initially, the proposal to video graph the Ph.D. vivas was refused by the officials of MU. The reason given by officials is that something like this would break the trust in the scholars and supervisors. This is something which is not practiced in any part of the country. They also believe that this will increase the cost of the examination and it will also interfere with the confidentiality of the institute.
No other university in India has been the talk of the town when it comes to Ph.D. degrees. It was also seen that a lot of Ph.D. degrees were given to the students even when they submitted the same dissertation. University Grants Commission has told all the universities to upload all the these of Ph.D., MU is still to upload their theses.