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AIIMS PhD Entrance Exam & Award of Institute Fellowship: Students will no longer be required to undergo an interview to pursue a PhD or receive the Award of Institute Fellowship at AIIMS. In an effort to enhance the selection process, AIIMS has eliminated the interview stage. Going forward, students will be selected based solely on their performance and merit in the exam. This change ensures that only meritorious students will have the opportunity to avail themselves of this facility.
Promotion of Research: The Need of the Hour
Dr. M. Srinivas, Director of AIIMS, has issued an order acknowledging the urgent requirement to reform the selection process for PhD programmes and the award of institute fellowships. The aim is to promote high-quality research within AIIMS. Additionally, it has been identified that an in-house funding mechanism should be developed to increase the number of meritorious PhD students at AIIMS.
Allocation of ₹200 crore under the Prime Minister's Research Fellow
To facilitate impactful research at AIIMS, it is imperative to expand the number of students and institute fellowships. Therefore, a proposal has been put forth to initiate 40-50 PhD programmes. In support of the institute fellowship, a provision of ₹200 crore will be allocated under the Prime Minister's Research Fellow (PMRF) scheme.
Draft Prepared; Implementation Soon
A draft detailing the proposed amendments to the PhD selection process has been prepared and is set to be implemented promptly. The Academic Section has been tasked with reviewing the draft without delay. Further consultations will take place with the Staff Council, Academic Committee, Standing Finance Committee, and other stakeholders to ensure the smooth and speedy implementation of these proposed reforms.
Biannual PhD Entrance Examination
The entrance exam for the PhD programme, including DM/MCh, will be conducted twice a year at various centres nationwide. The selection process will be entirely objective and transparent, relying solely on a written test. Interviews will not be conducted at any stage of the selection process.