We’ve highlighted below some of the most recent developments and occurrences in youth-related news and events. In this week’s news roundup we speak about the new proposition in India that suggests checking the quality of PhD theses over the period of 10 years, possible residence criteria change for foreign students in Japan and lecturers’ strike in Ghana.
Quality of PhD theses in India will be assessed
The University Grants Commission has been concerned that many candidates’ doctoral degrees in India lack quality and originality, reports the Hindu. Therefore, they have decided to launch a review of PhD theses in state, private and central universities in the country. The University Grants Commission’s official statement says: “The scope of study will involve the PhD theses in different disciplines in various Central universities, State universities, State private universities and deemed-to-be universities in the last 10 years.” A former Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University, Deepak Pental stated: “I hope they use global criteria, not invent their own parameters which are India-specific. R&D is global. We should be able to compete with the best.”
Japan to ease residence criteria for foreign students
The Japan News reports that the government will ease residence criteria for foreign students because this will make it easier for graduate students to find a job in the hotel or restaurant. Currently, foreign students are allowed to work jobs such as interpreter or system engineer, but the ministry wants to expand the scope of offers given to students. It is expected that the government will achieve its goal of increasing the employment rate of foreign students to 50 percent. On the contrary side, students that wish to be eligible for the permit need to be hired as a full-time employees, have the knowledge of the language and earn at least as much pa as Japanese workers.
University lecturers in Ghana to strike over salaries
The Technical Universities Teachers Association supported Lecturers of the Technical Universities (TUs) decision to strike over salaries and government’s inability to migrate them onto the public universities salary structure, reports Ghana Web. Additionally, they believe that the failure to ensure the appropriate salary structure is causing tensions among their members.Chairman of the Kumasi Technical University Chapter of TUTAG, Andrews Danquah, stated: ‘’Despite us being labeled as universities… all workers of TUs do not enjoy the deserved remuneration and respect that goes with it.” He also added: “As if that is not enough, even those the Ministry and the NCTE have cleared as qualified to occupy their positions have still not been migrated onto the public university salary structure.’’
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