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Out of 740 Recognised Universities in India, only 66 awarded Doctorates to 177 Candidates in Entrepreneurship in past 16 Years: Study

Only 10 doctorates theses were submitted in Hindi, and the remaining (167) in English

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Mumbai, November 30, 2016: Out of 740 recognised universities in India, only 66 awarded doctorates to 177 candidates in entrepreneurship in the past 16 years, a new study has revealed.

The lion’s share of 20,271 doctorates was bagged by the social sciences, said the study by Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII)

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With 25 doctorates in entrepreneurship, Maharashtra topped the national list, followed by Karnataka (18), Madhya Pradesh (15) and Andhra Pradesh and Telangana (12 each).

Of these, only 41 per cent or 73 of the researchers in entrepreneurship were females. Only 10 doctorates theses were submitted in Hindi, and the remaining (167) in English.

The research entitled ‘Study Of Entrepreneurial Research and Doctoral Dissertations in Indian Universities’ was conducted by Kavita Saxena and Ganapathi Batthini of EDII.

The study’s intention was to identify the nature and direction of entrepreneurship research since 2000, to identify quantitative growth of entrepreneurship research compared to social sciences.

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It also attempted to find out the contribution of varsities in awarding doctoral degrees in entrepreneurship, and state-, gender- and language-wise distribution of research in the subject.

The primary source for the date was obtained from the official publications of the Association of Indian Universities for 2000-2015 period, they said.

Saxena said entrepreneurship as an area of study is gaining momentum and the discipline is moving towards academic legitimisation, but there is still a long road ahead.

“Though the current study identifies women entrepreneurship as the most preferred area of research, more research can be done to identify other areas in which doctoral dissertations can be taken up in Indian universities. Since the whole country is geared towards entrepreneurial movement, state-level entrepreneurship policies can be studied,” Saxena said.

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The researchers suggested that Indian universities should increase availability of PhD programmes, concentrate on providing methodological education, training and research in entrepreneurship, link-up with corporate or family business enterprises on which evidence-based research can be explored.

This can help bridge the divide between knowledge in the field of entrepreneurship and its practical applications, they said. (IANS)

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

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However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?