UGC guidelines for M. Phil and Ph.D. admissions in India
Before the publication of UGC regulations regarding standards set for M.Phil and Ph.D. admissions, it was a herculean task for some whereas child’s play to few others to obtain a Ph.D. degree from an institution. Even there were rumors afloat around that few people write Ph.D. thesis on payment basis and students get their degrees submitting them to the institutions they have registered with. Matter was under consideration of the apex body and now the UGC has come out with new regulations to make criteria uniform throughout the country by setting some new standards for all the aspirants and institutions. UGC through its regulation 2009 published in the “The Gazette of India” on July 11, 2009, has set the minimum standards for admission procedure, allocation of M. Phil and Ph.D. students to the supervisor and minimum number of students admitted to these programs etc. Now onwards, M. Phil and Ph. D. programs can not be conducted by any UGC affiliated institution through distance education mode. Universities/institution will decide the criteria for the faculty to act as an supervisor, predetermine the number of students to be admitted for admission to M.Phil and Ph.D. every year and conduct admission tests on regular basis. These institutes/universities will have to publish the number of seats in the advertisements or on university websites. As per the new regulation, a supervisor can have only eight Ph.D. and five M. Phil. Students at any point of time. An entrance test followed by an interview has to be conducted at individual university/institution for admission to these courses. However, separate terms and conditions may be decided by the individual institutions for candidates who have qualified UGC/CSIR(JRF)/SLET/teacher fellowship/GATE or have passed entrance tests for M.Phil/Ph.D. In the interview, candidates may discuss their research interests. The allocation of supervisor will be done in a formal...
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