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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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June 06, 2017: NASA has chosen 12 astronauts out of a record-breaking 18,300 applications for upcoming space missions. An American of Indian descent, Raja Chari, has successfully earned his spot in the top 12.

The astronauts were selected on the basis of expertise, education, and physical tests. This batch of 12 astronauts is the largest group selected by NASA since two decades. The group consisting of 7 men and 5 women surpassed the minimum requirements of NASA.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Chari graduated from Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He went on to complete his master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The astronaut is also a graduate of US Naval Test Pilot School.

Currently, Raja Chari is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He is the commander of 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

After Late Kalpana Chawla, Lt. Col. Raja Chari is the second Indian American astronaut chosen by NASA.

The 12 astronauts will have to go through two years of training. Upon completion, they will be assigned their missions ranging from research at the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft by private companies, to flying on deep space missions on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.

The US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston to announce and congratulate the new batch. Pence also said that President Trump is “fully committed” to NASA’s missions in space.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393