UGC brings in tougher PhD regulations

UGC brings in tougher PhD regulations

New Delhi: Getting a PhD degree will soon get tougher with University Grants Commission (UGC) bringing in stiff regulation which bans offer of such degrees in distant mode and stipulates that the thesis paper be evaluated by two experts, including one from outside the state.

According to the UGC (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Awards of M.Phil/PhD Degree) Regulation 2009, no university, institution or deemed university shall conduct M.Phil or PhD programme through distant education mode.

To ensure quality, the regulation says the students will be given admission through entrance test followed by interview. The doctoral candidates will discuss their research area.

After admission, the students will have to undergo course work for a minimum period of one semester. The course work is a sort of preparatory course that will touch upon research methodology.

The university or institution will decide the minimum qualifying requirement for allowing a student to the next stage of writing the thesis.

The thesis of the student will be evaluated by two experts, including one from outside the state. It shall be upto the institution if it wants to have one examiner from outside the country, the regulation said.

The regulation is expected to bring uniformity in the conduct of PhD programmes in the universities which are following varied models.

The regulation, which has been notified, says that the research students will produce the draft thesis within a reasonable time as stipulated by the institution concerned.

Prior to the submission of the thesis, the student will make a presentation in the department and take a feedback. The students will publish one research paper in a referred journal before submission of the thesis.

The PhD holders, who have pursued the course as per the UGC’s regulation on PhD programmes, will get exemption from clearing NET or SLET to be eligible for lectureship.

The new regulation was prepared after a committee, under Prof B Mungekar found that the quality of PhD was very poor in a number of universities across the country.

The regulation on PhD says universities will lay down criteria for selecting a research supervisor for M.Phil and PhD students.

A supervisor cannot have more than eight PhD and five M.Phil scholars at any given point of time. The universities will decide the number of M.Phil and PhD seats and advertise them widely.

The institutes will submit a copy of the thesis to the UGC which would store it in its depository.