One of my friends is doing PhD under a good faculty from one year.
The mentor wants to give PhD only if the student writes two papers in SCI journals. The student wants to do his PhD on number theory conjectures. The mentor is saying that the PhD and groundbreaking research work are independent and hence the mentor saying my friend to work on small incremental work that will give papers quickly.
How to make it allowed to work under the same mentor (mentor is good enough and one year completed)?