Thursday, 8 April 2021
New DelhiEven as universities across the national capital switched to the online mode for classes and exams over the last year amid the Covid-19 pandemic, many institutions were hard-pressed to find a digital alternative for research work.
In the last 12 months, MPhil and PhD scholars across universities were unable to conduct experiments in the university laboratories as they could not access library services, which is critical for completion of a thesis, or engage in field visits due to the lockdown.
Although the University Grants Commission (UGC), in view of the pandemic, has provided a six-month extension to PhD scholars scheduled to submit their thesis in December last year and June this year, many students said that they might still not be able to complete their thesis work. Research scholars and postgraduate students of science and technology programmes started resuming their work in labs in phases after a nod from the UGC in November.