Hyderabad-based ICFAI University organised a workshop for PhD supervisors at its campus on Tuesday to impart training on PhD guidance to both incumbent and prospective PhD supervisors of the University.

M Rammohan Rao, former Dean of Indian School of Business and currently Provost, Woxsen School of Business was the chief guest. Rao highlighted the challenges in guiding the PhD students in his address. He stressed on the role of process involved in the transformation of the input (doctoral student) to the quality output (eminent researcher). Rao also emphasised the fact that the PhD dissertation is only the first step towards lifelong research accomplishments.

J Mahender Reddy, Vice Chancellor, ICFAI University spoke about the quality and rigor of the PhD Program and the role of the PhD supervisor in creating the right research atmosphere for the scholar. “Growth and reputation of a University depends on its research. PhD programmes pave the way to enrich the research activity and maintain research consistency,' said Reddy.

AK. Rao, former Dean of IIM Bangalore, who guided around 40 PhDs, shared his experiences as a guide and explained the importance of scholastic and meticulous approach in PhD Guidance. V. Nagi Reddy, former Professor at IIM Calcutta has guided around two dozen PhDs, he enlightened the audience on sample survey methodology in research. K. Prathap Reddy, former Director of IRMA, emphasised the importance of identifying and developing the right research model for doctoral research.

Bhanoji Rao, former faculty at NUS shared his thoughts on aiming for research excellence. Publication in top journals is the way to future scholars and their institutions to gain world recognition.

About 120 faculty members of Faculty of Management, IcfaiTech - the Faculty of Science & Technology and Faculty of Law from the University participated in the workshop.

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