Thursday, July 5, 2012

Remuneration

Academicians do a lot of things for free. This includes reviewing papers, reviewing projects submitted to various funding agencies, sitting on oral examination boards etc. However, there has always been a remuneration for reviewing thesis/dissertation. For example, IISc and IITs pay somewhere between Rs. 5000 to 8000 for a review of the doctoral dissertation.

The universities, on the other hand, used to pay ridiculous amounts. Bombay university used to pay Rs. 166.67 and you had to send a detailed claim form and an additional letter that you have reported this remuneration in your tax form. This was based because the three examiners of the thesis had to share Rs. 500. Recently, I agreed to review a thesis for another state university. They sent me the thesis yesterday, which is around 200 pages long, and the remuneration claim bill of Rs. 10. You read it correctly. Posting the remuneration claim bill will be costlier than the remuneration itself. Can not the universities simply request that this review is to be done for free and I will be gladly able to do so.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

That is for chai and samosa while reading the dissertation. Or you can buy a Paan and enjoy reading thesis

Anonymous said...

Chai and samosa??

Chai in decent restaurants in Bangalore cost Rs 12.

Ashwin Rao said...

Can you make a request at the university about the last time anyone wad actually paid this amount? Also it would be interesting to know since when has the amount of Rs 10 been the remuneration for thesis review.

Anonymous said...

I think state universities charge nominal tuition fee when compared to IITs/IISc. I would even consider doing this for free Since Elite institutes need to help the state run uni.

Anonymous said...

I had even more horrible experience. I reviewed a PhD thesis from JNTU Hyderabad, way back in 2007 and was supposed to get Rs. 500/- which was mentioned when invitation came. After that finally no money came even though report was submitted on time and they acknowledged the receipt of it. Ofcourse I never bothered to follow it up later. I think like this, we at IITs/IISc can add this item also as 'FREE' academic work for society. :-)

Anonymous said...

There is a difference between 500 and 10. If you had followed up, you would have got it. But isn't offering Rs. 10 for reviewing a thesis horrible when universities pay Rs. 8 per paper for grading exams??

Ankur Kulkarni said...

Is it not possible to decline the request?

A.T.R said...

This raises one question:
How much should we pay & still keep cost of education within reach of people?
Who should pay the review cost? Student or should there be any subsidy by govt?

Anonymous said...

sir, i have got kvpy sx rank 475, what are my chances of getting an offer for ug course.

Anonymous said...

^^^^^ Kid, This is not the appropriate forum for this.
We are talking of a more serious issue.

Anonymous said...

@ July 8, 2012 12:37 AM

This is exactly why a large section of faculty at IISc opposed the induction of UG students. They certainly knew the kind of maturity the grad students have.

Anonymous said...

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