UGC announces new norms for PhD course
04 May 2011

The University Grants Commission has come out with new regulations for procuring a PhD degree. The various universities have started working on the revision of the existing regulations for the PhD course. The UGC has set the minimum standards for admission procedure, allocation of MPhil and PhD students to the supervisor and minimum number of students admitted to these programmes. The commission has mooted a university specific entrance test along with stringent checking of thesis and occasional internal examinations.

As per the new guidelines, the university will decide the criteria for the faculty to act as a supervisor, predetermine the number of students to be admitted to MPhil and PhD every year and conduct admission tests on regular basis. The university will also have to reveal the number of seats available for PhD course either via advertisements or on university websites. A supervisor can have only eight PhD students at any point of time.

The allocation of supervisor will be done in a formal manner by the department based on the research interests of student, specialization of the faculty and in no case will be left to the student or teacher to decide on their own. All the admitted students have to undergo the course work of minimum one semester duration related to methodology of research work or review of literature.

The commission however has allowed the course work to be carried out even outside the concerned institution. The university may also decide the minimum qualifying requirements for doctoral students to proceed further before writing the dissertation. Each student has to make a presentation in the department before submission of the thesis and incorporate all the suggestions in consultation with the supervisor.

Each student has to publish one research paper in a referred journal before submission of the thesis. The university, if interested, may have one examiner from outside the country.

Universities have started working on the plan to implement these regulations. Patna University (PU) has prepared a draft regulation for Ph.D admissions as per the new norms. The draft once approved by the Academic Council, Syndicate and Senate will be sent to the chancellor for his final accord.

[Source: Times of India]


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V Radhakrishnan
21 Sep 2014

I am a retired banker with MBA(HRM) and MBM(BANKING) from Alagappa UNiversityt. I had registered my name for Phd i n Management Science under distance mode of education. I have already passed the written papers. Now that the University(Whether in existence or not) is not accepting the thesis for Phds for its own reasons of malp[ractices in the University in 2009-2010. Can I go to some other university for my PHd?

08 Oct 2013

according UGC how much time will be provided to complete Ph.D.

baldev atul
12 Sep 2013

our university shows some new rules which are not digestible so, pl. answer me if any expert can.
1) scholar has to publish the papers only with guide name. can not publish with more name.
2)thesis cannot be submitted before two year complete.
3)thesis will be checked for plagiarism with no time limit.
4)plagiarism must not with own published papers too.means not to publish the paper of own research work{ is n't it funny?}
5) plagiarism would under 15% ..........
and then viva will be arranged....




16 Jun 2013

Here lot of Professors are so worried about quality education in india.They are advocating too much of foreign evaluator, high research pedagogy and lot. just want to ask one thing there are many less who wants to pursue Phd by their own willingness. Because of unemployment people are doing as no option left for them. We are always comparing system with foreigns but forget one thing in foreign countries people have high respect as well as social honour among society but here in india people who are looking for phd gets a meagre amount of rs 18000.How can these professors forgot who are giving advises to ugc that u can't get quality work in our system by getting this penny amount. And what quality of research they are talking about.have we been hear d any invention, r&d in india in past 40 years. how many of indian professors get noble prize or any in centre of excellence. everyone will come and give advises but no one will talk about reality. I think ugc should lift these stringent measures on doing phd.

Hardeep Kalra
07 Jun 2013

I want ask whether it is necessary that i have to be regular to the university for the attendance if i have completed my course work. another thing i want to ask is that how much attendance is needed for PhD.

20 May 2013

please tell me that can I get maternity leave during ph.d.?

Pooja Bansal
01 Apr 2013

Can I do another major one year degree during my Ph.D?

Sanjay Goel
08 May 2012

The suggestion list initiated in my last comment continues...

5. At many universities (including most reputed central universities), some candidates who are registered as full time PhD candidates also work as full time employees of some other place. This makes a mockery of full time PhD. Hence, daily attendance record of full time PhD candidates must be kept with the concerned department.

Sanjay Goel
07 May 2012

Here are some suggestions for UGC to reduce corruption in PhD supervision:
1. A fresh PhD must produce at least one post PhD publication before taking up the responsibility of supervising another person.
2. Many supervisors supervise/co-supervise PhDs at more than one university. All PhD supervisors and candidates should be given a national ID. UGC should maintain a publically accessible database of all supervisors and PhD candidates supervised/co-supervised by them at any university.
3. There must be a statutory ban on becoming supervisor/co-supervisor/member of the research committee of one's own family members or in laws (current or ex).
4. Marital relations of candidate with supervisor/members of research committee or their family members must be banned during and until 5 years after the completion of PhD.

p.c. chanyal
23 Jul 2011

I am as a assistant professor(NET holder) and regular faculty member in the campus. I WANT UPGRADE MY SELF BY PhD. DEGREE without any Leave. HOW CAN I ATTEND PhD.Methodology course(6 month ), or how can i get the PhD. degree
without any leave.

Rishi Kumar Goda
21 Jul 2011

There is no point in putting the rule unless it is followed properly. Most of the prof in the university's are not doing their job simply blame the students for their ignorance. if a professor is able a finish a students phd in 5 years he is not fit to be a professor. The UGC should also put some guidelines for professor and monitor their actions in the universities.

Hardev Singh Virk
15 Jul 2011

I appreciate comments of Dr T.K.Raja and others but let me add that as Dean Science Faculty in GND University, Amritsar, I introduced all the changes during 1980s for Ph.D. registration, being proposed by UGC in 2011. In Science Faculty,
A Ph.D. candidate was required to present Seminar, publish 2 Papers in refereed journal, examined by 2 foreign examiners & one Indian for purpose of Viva-voce and defend his thesis in public, open to all faculty from all state universities. We also restricted research supervision by Professor to 6, Reader to 4 and Lecturer to 2 candidates only. How can a Supervisor Guide 8 Ph.D. scholars, I fail to understand! There was lot of Opposition to my proposals and these were diluted by vested interests. Ultimately, it is a Golden Rule in Indian Universities that NO BODY ever FAILS in Ph.D. examination. There was a JOKE making rounds in 1960s in Punjab. A boy who failed 8 times in High School, went to a University Professor to register him for Ph.D., as no one ever fails in Ph.D. in Indian Universities! Indian System is so much Corrupted that UGC guidelines will not help. We do not have Teachers who can teach M.Sc. courses, what to talk of Ph.D. course work? Universities have to set their own standards of Ph.D. In USA, all universities are not allowed to run Ph.D. courses but only those with impeccable record of Research output. Research Supervisors must be selected by a Competent authority to eliminate deadwood.

Dr. Dipak Das
15 Jul 2011

Ph.D degree was so easy in Indian Universities so it is a welcome step by UGC.Now there will be quality research in our country.

Dr. M. S. Mehta
04 May 2011

In the guidelines the universities are given the freedom to decide the criteria for the course work and submission of thesis. The UGC should issue the guidelines for the universities which should be followed strictly, so that the standard of higher education may be maintained uniformly through the country. It should be compulsory for all universities to have an examiner from foreign country. At least two research papers in referred journal should be made compulsory to each student before submitting his/her thesis. Guiding 8 students at one time is a bit difficult task from the quality work point of view.

Dr. Jayasankara prasad
04 May 2011

The guidelines look like old wine in new bottle. If everything is left to university discretion from admission to exit, where is UGC's control and effective supervision on universities. Issuing mere guidelines with lot of gaps will not serve for any purpose. Why don't UGC come with stringent guidelines and criteria for faculty to act as supervisor in each and every discipline?. Why do not UGC come with specific list of refereed and scholarly journals for each and every discipline for publication of research papers before submission of the thesis. In my opinion, publication of 2 research papers in a specified list of scholarly journals, in which one must be INTERNATIONAL (Out side India), are mandatory before submission of dissertation. Then only we can find quality of research and fix accountability for both scholar and supervisor. We are well aware of malfunctioning of Indian universities by inefficient, incompetent and unprofessional people at helm of affairs. For the good of quality research, we earnestly look forward for stringent guidelines without leaving any room for misuse and lapse in the course of action for Ph.D. It is to be noted that mere doctoral degree should not let a university faculty to act as a supervisor in any discipline.

04 May 2011

Sir, I agree with the scrutinization aspect with respect to professors' recruitment but reducing the limit further from 8 to 6 or 5 would severly affect the dreams of innumerable aspirants with such a huge population!! We hardly have enough quality Universities & Research Institutions. There needs to be more control on expenditure of funds as many PIs pocket it in the name of projects. Just having audits is not going to help. Anyone with just enough common sense can make the audit books n stock entries clean. Need rigourous double check methods as it involves public money. The progress in a given project should be made accountable and reproducible; just paper work is not enough. Even basic research projects need to be scrutinized for possible spill over applications, benefitting society or the environment.

Dr T.K.Raja
04 May 2011

It is surprising that new UGC norms for PhD allows upto eight students under a supervisor. Even a Nobel laureate or an FRS can not do full justice to guiding research for 8 PhD research scholars at a time. This is where the doctoral research in Indian universities have miserably failed and led to the specter of substandard PhDs being awarded. Most of the Indian universities are far behind the Western, Chinese or Japanese universities in terms of research infrastructure and faculty accomplishments. The culture of nepotism, political interference and corruption in the faculty appointments have totally destroyed the quality of research in Indian universities. This scenario continues without any check. Most of the professors thrive on the students research and publications for their promotions and other purposes. Therefore UGC should formulate rules to stop corruption in the recruitment of faculty in Indian universities and ensure that only meritorious people enter the teaching profession.