New Delhi: 19.4% of the Science students continue their education by enrolling in Ph.D. courses, after they complete the Masters’ degree. The Ph.D. enthusiasm among Science students is one of the least in the country. Medical Science and Social Science subjects witness even lesser participation. Only 15.5% of the Medical Science students and 6.1% of the Social Science students opt for Ph.D. after their postgraduation, as per the recent All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE), which was released on September 21.
In Agriculture and Allied courses 52.9% of the students opt for Ph.D. after their post-graduation followed by Engineering and Technology courses where 56.5% of the postgraduate students opt for Ph.D.
The report says in 2018-2019, a total of 44702 science students had enrolled for Ph.D., and the highest enrolment was in Chemistry subject, followed by Physics and Mathematics. Botany has 2487 students, Zoology has 2379 students, and BioScience has 1952 students enrolled for Ph.D.
PhD entrants prefer State Public University than deemed university and other state private universities. As per the AISHE report, the share of Ph.D. student is highest in State Public University (34.3%) followed by Institute of National Importance (21.6%), Deemed University-Private (21.6%) and State Private University (13.4%).