For a PhD student in my University, there will be a doctoral review committee presentation for every six months.
Course work is for first eighteen months.
But from fourth semester, student has to present his research work. In general, the presentation includes the summary of research papers studied in the semester, details of research papers published by student, if any and the novel ideas on which the student worked in that semester.
The committee contains three persons and presentation goes off record. Then there may be chance of copying the novel idea by any committee member. So I'm wondering whether it is a custom only in my University or in other universities also.
So my question is that is it customary to discuss or present novel ideas in front of doctoral committee in atleast many of the Universities?