I’m a fourth-year PhD student. For a while my advisor has been complaining that I don’t take enough ownership of my projects and I just do what he tells me to do, and that I don’t have any critical thinking skills. He told me that if he left me in a room for six months by myself, I would not be able to produce a paper.
After our last project finished, he just never gave me a new project, and I haven’t had a research project for several months now.
I asked him why he did not give me a new project, and he said that he shouldn’t have to give me projects, because I am the graduate student and I should be coming up with my own projects. This is very different from all of our previous projects where he came up with the whole idea and I mostly just followed instructions.
Is this a polite way of firing me?