UGC lifts ban on Distance PhDs, MPhil courses
30 Aug 2011

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has lifted the two -year-old ban on distance MPhil and PhD courses. The move comes after widespread protests by various universities. Many Open Learning Universities like IGNOU were protesting the ban on the ground that their respective laws, passed by Parliament or legislatures, allowed them to offer such courses.

UGC held a meeting on the issue last month, deciding to lift the ban. “An open university may be permitted to conduct MPhil/PhD programmes through distant education mode subject to condition that it does so strictly as per the provisions of the UGC Regulations,” said the minutes of the meeting.

Speaking on the development, IGNOU vice-chancellor Rajasekharan Pillai said, “We will follow the rules but our regulations are already stricter than those of the UGC.” 

Although, UGC has lifted the ban but it has put another condition for Phd — the principal guide should be from the open university. The UGC had clamped the bar by notifying a rule — the Minimum Standards and Procedure for Awards of MPhil/PhD Degree Regulation — in 2009 saying research courses in the distant mode were of poor quality. 

The regulations had put a question mark on the future of nearly 10,000 students pursuing such courses across the country.“There should not be any blanket ban on MPhil or PhD in distance mode. If institutions meet the required quality parameters, they should be allowed to offer such courses,” said academic M. Madhava Menon, who has been asked by the HRD ministry to draft a policy on distance education. He said he would submit his report next month.

Inadequate infrastructure of many open universities is also a concern for carrying out research work.

A UGC official said the commission’s regulations were silent on the facilities, and a panel headed by academic S.P. Thyagrajan had been set up to suggest the requirements. “We will meet on September 15 to lay the guidelines,” Thyagrajan said.

[Source: The Telegraph]



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Anil Desai
30 Oct 2014

Can any one give me the link to download UGC notification regarding to lift ban from fistance PhDs, MPhil courses.

Hitesh Agarwal
08 Sep 2014

Can I study LLB after graduating from IGNOU. JNVU Jodhpur has rejected my form after knowing that I have graduated from IGNOU. If this is the rule IGNOU should clearly display that IGNOU is a fake University.

Nitika Gupta
08 Aug 2014

UGC must start the Ph.d through distance mode as it wil help many good students to get ac
chance to get a doctoral Degree. please do something in this regard

Sqn. Ldr. (Dr.) J.P. Singh (Retd)
28 Mar 2014

The need of the our is strict quality control in education system. Our rules and regulations appear to be the best in the world, but when it comes to implementation, it is nowhere close to the desired result. Be it Regular mode of University or Distance mode, situation is same for both. While rawarding recognision of University we follow the rules there after we just forget to monitor the performance.

23 Mar 2014


04 Dec 2013

Is education simply degree earning or is it for employment, empowerment, enlightment. Think about it. Human beings should be enlightened.

Professor Venkata Raghotham
23 Oct 2013

The UGC is certainly right when it argues that the M Phil and Ph D offered in Open Universities are of poor standard. The mania to acquire the Ph D degree stems from the monetary benefits that accrue.

P venkateswara rao
07 Sep 2013

The Research programs like M.Phil/Ph.D are completely different from Masters Degrees. These degrees are thesis oriented, if the thesis are in required standard they can be validated for the award of the Degree. Whether it is regular or distance is immaterial. The standard can be evaluated by the experts.
If the university has taken few steps about selection of guide and presentation of papers, the standard will be the same on par with regular candidate. So I personally feel the distance mode cannot be undermined.

satyaban dalai
23 Aug 2013

satyaban dalai

Please tell me which university provides M.Phil course after completed M.B.A(FINANCE) through distance mode?

25 Jul 2013

I have passed
SSLC 367/500 1983
HSC 883/1200 1985

Arun Kumar
17 Jul 2013

It has come to my notice that "The Global Open University, Nagaland" is not following the guidelines of the UGC under which the UGC has lifted in ban for doing M.Phil/Ph.D. in Law subject. Whether it is a correct information ?

Dr. M.M.Khan
12 May 2013

It is good move initiative by UGC as to lifted ban for doing PhD/M.Phil through Distance learning- Govt. must encourage distance learning courses to spread education far and wide . Hope Aicte also is accepting and honour the verdict of UGC

05 May 2013

The ban lifted by the University Grant Commission on Distance mode of research
(M.Phil/PhD) education is an encouraging step to the students interested in research work and higher studies. So I hereby appreciate this step forwarded by the U.G.C Team and say numerous THANKS.
With Best Regards To U.G.C. Stepping Team..........................................................


23 Mar 2013

मातृभाषामा शिक्षा

माताको दूध शिशुलाई शिक्षा मातृभाषामा,

प्रभाव पर्छ सृस्‍टिलाई प्रकाशको गतिमा।.

... यी माथिका हरफ मेघालय शिलोंगका नेपालीभाषी पुस्तक ब्यबसायी श्री बिष्णु गौतमले बिगत ५ वर्ष देखि जोड तोडका साथ प्रचार प्रसार गर्दै आएका छन् । उनले प्रकाशन गरेका पुस्तक, बिजक, लेटर प्याड, पुस्तक सुची जताततै यी हरफ देख्न पाइन्छ । नेपाली, अंग्रेजी, खासी र बंगाली भाषामा लेखिएका यी हरफले मातृभाषाको शक्तिले सृष्टिको रक्षा र यस सुन्दर बहुरंगी विश्व-बाटिकालाइ द्रुत गतिमा सुमुन्नत बनाउन टेवा मिल्ने संदेश दिन्छ ।.

जन्मेपछि सम्बाद गर्न सिकेको पहिलो भाषा नै मानिसको मातृभाषा हो । संसारमा ज्ञान, सोच र कल्पनाको बहुरंगी विविधता कायम राख्न पनि मातृभाषालाइ बचाईराख्न र विकास गर्न जरुरि छ । मातृभाषामा दिइने शिक्षाले सम्बन्धित भाषा त्यसको लिपि, जातीय संस्कार र संस्कृतिको विकास तथा समाजमा उत्प्रेरणा र चेतनाको अभिवृद्धि हुन्छ । यदि कुनै भाषा लोप भएर गयो भने त्यस जतिको संस्कृति पनि लोप भएर जान्छ । संस्कृतिक सम्वृद्धिमा सबैभन्दा ठूलो योगदान भाषाको नै हुन्छ । मातृभाषामा दिइने अभिव्यक्ति सबैभन्दा परिपूर्ण र सहज हुन्छ । यदि मातृभाषा सम्पन्न भयनन भने संसारमा धेरै कारोबार हुने सम्पर्क भाषाको अवस्था पनि खोक्रो हुन जानेछ । ससाना हजारौ मातृभाषाका कारणले नै संसारका सम्पर्क भाषा सम्पन्न र हराभरा भएका हुन् । यदि कारोबारी भाषामा लिप्त भएर मातृभाषाको लोप भयो भने ज्ञान बिज्ञानको संसार उराठिलो मरुभूमि जस्तो बन्ने छ । त्यसैले शिक्षा मातृभाषामै हुनु पर्छ । मातृभाषा मानिसको मौलिक ज्ञान, शिप सृजनाको खजाना हो । यस्तो महत्वपूर्ण खजानाको रक्षामा ध्यान नदिएर क्षणिक लाभको निम्ति कारोबारमा चलेका भाषामा मात्र लिप्त हुनु समाजको भविस्य माथि गरेको बेइमानी र बाल अधिकारको हनन हो ।.

प्रसिद्ध साहित्यकार रवीन्द्रनाथ टैगोरले भनेका छन्, ‘मातृभाषामा शिक्षा पाउनु मानिसको जन्मसिद्ध अधिकार हो । हामी जसरी आमाको कोखमा जन्मेका हौं त्यसैगरी मातृभाषा पनि हाम्रो कोख हो । यी दुवै आमा हाम्रालागि सधैं सजीव र अपरिहार्य छन् ।’ उनले मातृभाषाको महत्त्वलाई बुझे र बुझाउने कोसिस गरे । प्रसिद्ध राजनीतिज्ञ नेलसन मण्डेलाले भनेका छन्- इफ यू स्पिक टु अ म्यान इन अ ल्याङ्वेज ही अन्डरस्ट्यान्डस, इट गोज् टु हिज माइन्ड बट इफ यू स्पिक इन हिज ल्याङ्वेज इट गोज टु हिज हर्ट । यदि कसैसँग उसले बुझ्ने भाषामा कुरा गर्नुभयो भने त्यो कुरा उसको दिमागमा मात्र पुग्छ । यदि उसको मातृभाषामा भन्नुभयो भने मुटुसम्म पुग्छ । मण्डेलाले मातृभाषाको द्रुत असरलाई प्रस्ट्याए ।.

संयुक्त राष्ट्रसंघको अध्ययनअनुसार यतिबेला कारोबारमा नचलेका करिब ५३०० मातृभाषा संकटमा परेका छन् । शिक्षामा मातृभाषाको महत्त्वलाई नजरअन्दाज गरेर अबको शिक्षानीति बनाइयो भने सामाजिक र राष्ट्रिय मात्र होइन मानव जातिकै अस्तित्व संकटमा आउन सक्ने स्थिति बन्नेछ । संयुक्त राष्ट्रसंघमा सन् १९९९ बाट यस मुद्दाले स्थान पाइसकेको छ । अब यसलाई संसारभरि उपयुक्त कार्यान्वयनको खाँचो छ ।.See More

26 Jul 2012

this is the right of scholar to do reserch work in distance mode because not only research but other degree like b tech and m tech also valid in distance mode, so it is right to lift the ban on mphil and phd degree in distance mode, so Indian youth scholar got opportunities to explore their talent in free environment under the guidance of their guide.what will do who are working on contract or adhoc basis in universiy or colleges on vry measurable salary, under pressure of management and head of institutions. with this they can also take addmission in mphil or phd in distans moe?
so thank you kapil simble sahab .......

19 Jul 2012

Govt should approve and should provide different M.phil and P.hd courses in distance that all can get the benefit of higher studies.

manoj kumar
27 Jun 2012

Plz tell me which university(ies) provides M.Phil in English through distance mode?

Dr. S.Balasubramanian
11 Jun 2012

Make appointments of teaching faculties in universities, colleges knowledge based instead of caste, community and politics based what followed all these years to make Quality in education and to make INDIA an intellectual country. If this followed in the years to come(Which is a DREAM in our country) no need to do all sorts of modifications in our education system every now and then

06 Jun 2012

Mr Sanjay,
It's M. Phil & Ph.D and not MFill and PHD.
Are U planning for NET ??

sanjay kumar
04 Jun 2012

if quality is the issue than it is mandatory to stop exemptions .
regular MFill and PHD is not the parameter of quality .
NET should be minimum qualification for Mfill and PHD and eligibility for lectureship strictly .

31 May 2012


31 May 2012

ugc conducted an exam on 25, december 2011 and has not published its results so far. it keeps the examination & its evaluation procedures a secret. but all other exams in india are held openly. it may follow tnpsc, upsc and trb methods.

27 May 2012

Dear All
I fully agree with the dregualtion policy of UGC for persuing M Phil/PhD through open university particuallry by IGNOU but theres should be strict quality control by putting condition of publishing good research papers in related journal of theme . Therefore subject\ topic\theme should not matter either for researcher or for guide so long work is recognised by the educated group of people of that dsicipline. But on other hand who will control the quality , the same we people ??? There are lot of regular Universities who are producing substandard M Tech / M Phil / PhD by adopting so many tricks which I need to elaborate here further as all our readers are smart enough to Guess. Therefore a policy should be taken in totalty in the interest of our country and on long term basis which sould not be made on and off as per the perception of an individual.

pradeep sharma
26 May 2012

Degrees can be obtained by both right and wrong ways but knowledge is gained only through hard work and there no alternative to it.We should encourage people to gain knowledge degrees will automatically follow.In US anyone can study any subject of his choice but here subjects are thrust on us and the result is poor quality of students.It is easier to get admitted and study at MIT,Princeton etc compared to say IIT and many more such institutes.How many noble prizes have we got in core streams like physics for example.We Indians have always lived in an imaginary world where we think we are the best in this world.We cannot make planes ,guns ,ships ,submarines,trucks for our armed forces because there is no original reseach work carried out in even single university.Has anyone bothered to think about this simple fact. I teach Physics so I can only comment on my subject.

sachin bhanage
26 May 2012

admission P.hd and M.phil

pradeep sharma
25 May 2012

Some people are complaining about standards in distance learning ultimately everything depends on individual's attitude and commitment.

विष्णु प्रसाद गौतम
24 Apr 2012

सर्व शिक्षा मातृभाषामा नहुनु सुक्ष्म गतिमा दस हुनु हो |

मातृभाषाको सम्मान राष्ट्रको सम्मान |

माताको दुध शिशुलाई शिक्षा मातृभाषामा प्रभाव पर्छ सृष्टिलाई प्रकाशको गतिमा |

24 Mar 2012

It is acceptable to do BLIS in this year 2012 july session because i have studied MBA in last year 2011 both in distance (IGNOU) ?

20 Feb 2012

Very good decision it is a right step to make our nation strong . But why state J&K is not giving due respect to such degrees, due to which we the in-service people is suffering. Is this not a clear injustice.

15 Feb 2012

Wow what a wonderful decision taken by the UGC Higher authority concern, actually this upliftment of ban through distance mode would be beneficial for in-service masses.

14 Feb 2012

We should encourage doctoral degree programme through distance mode since most of professional would get benefits along with its ongoing career.
Another appeal to UGC Chairperson that UGC-NET Holder must be provided with some incentives for their doctoral programme during in service tenure.

Dr M.D.Jayabalan
01 Feb 2012

Central University, Pondicherry has been allowing Ph.D. off-campus allowing scholars to choose a guide even from abroad, and hold consultations with the guide over the net. Research in subjects like humanities can be done even from home in a remote village, if one has net connectivity. Times are gone when the centre for research was expected to have special infrastructural facility for research. Researches had to run round visiting libraries to collect materials. Now the whole world is available at the touch of a finger. It is retrograde to continue to hold timeworn and inane ideas and put a check to research off-campus particularly in humanities.
Prof. M.D. Jayabalan

20 Dec 2011

As everybody is aware of lifting ban.. I have a small question for all of you. Please share your thoughts if you are near to the answer.

a). "How many institues have taken this decision as an opportunity and started M.Phil distance eduction programs?
b). If there are a few then how many or which are UGC qualified?"

2. Same question for PHD adding another sub part-

a). As above for PHD
b). As above for PHD
c). Is there any selection criteria for PHD enrollement? Is there any entrance or interview process behind?


12 Nov 2011

I agree with Mr P.Kumar. As per recent studies, per million students, 5278 joins research program in Japan , where as only 119 in India.
He has rightly said, at list AP universities have taken a steep to address this issue. We need to see the positive side of this initiative rather then making hue & cry. and involving in dirty politics. Let's all welcome UGC decision.

22 Oct 2011

A great decision by UGC. It is the need of the hours. The policy makers always needs to take the right decisions at the time of need of the hours. Unless you don’t fulfill the necessities, you cannot benchmark on quality. Need of the hour is quantity. Since the demand is huge, the supply should respond. Education system must have enough number of Ph.D. holders to guide the Graduates and Post Graduates. India lost manufacturing sector, textile sector etc. to China by keep chanting quality mantras. Neither we catered to the global market nor even able to supply the needs of domestic market. Look at the five star university Ph.D. enrollment patterns and vacancies. Being a faculty and continuing your work, you cannot earn your Ph.D. by these universities because of cumbersome regulations. If these five star universities are so good, why cannot they increase the Ph.D. seats to respond the basic demands. Whatever the A.P. universities may be, at least they dared and responded to the demands and now started benchmarking, rather than involving in dirty politics within their own universities. Thousands of teaching faculties benefitted by these A.P. Universities. The worldwide statistics about Ph.D. holders are
China = 40%
Mexico = 17.1%
Denmark = 10%
India = 8.5%
Korea = 7.1%
Japan = 6.2%
Australia = 6.2%
Poland = 6.1%
United Kingdom = 5.2%
United States = 2.5%
Canada = 1%
Germany = 0%
Hungary = -2.2%
(Source URL :

India’s domestic Ph.D. demands are not even met at bare minimum level, then how one can talk about quality. Our Ph.D. outcomes are 8% whereas the demands are 30% at the lowest level due to young population and success rate in higher education. Neither promise nor dream to deliver Mineral Water to everybody, where even normal good waters are not available properly.

O S Shekhar Singh
25 Sep 2011

Welcome UGC ! Its good one decision in favor of those students/professionals who not able to do Research through on campus.... only question come to standard should maintain by related institutions/ Universities/ organizations for better results to develop knowledge cycle.

With great regards.

24 Sep 2011

I welcome UGC decision on allowing research programs ( M.Phil/ PhD) through off-camps / distance mode. Not all researchers are enrolling for research programs for entering to teaching profession. I am a sr. corporate executive , submitted my PhD ( Management) thesis this year, also know a large number of my colleagues interested to join M.Phil/ PhD programs , FOR RESEARCH INTEREST ONLY. Unlike other developed countries ,most of us are looking research courses as steeping stone for entering teaching profession only.


Sheik Mohammad
22 Sep 2011

I am happy to hear that the UGC has lifted the ban on distance Ph.D. and M.Phil programmes. As a matter of fact, all Open Universities are exclusively Open Distance Education institutions. Most of the conventional universities are offering these research programmes through separate directorates of Distance Education. Instead of imposing ban it would be better to take action against the institutions those are not following the guidelines framed by the UGC.

Prof. N. Manohar
10 Sep 2011

It seems IGNOU like academic giants influence the policy formulations of the UGC. If popular appeal can put pressure on an eminent Academic leader of the Country to change its quality and standard maintaining body in the larger public interest the gullibility of the institution for not being rigid on this issue is really a matter of concern. Appointing committees under the senior academics who have proven with their fanciful innovations of no practical relevance quoting foreign examples may not suit Indian elements of quality. The committees must be with the younger generation who have exposure to modern and global outlooks taking our country to face challenges of GATs. Are we prepared? Piece meal solutions without any teeth even by the UGC is not proving its worth. It is my view that the UGC should rise to the occasion and prove its relevance as the custodian of quality in the interest of the country's higher education and research. Manohar

Dr.Parvez Abdulla
09 Sep 2011

Lifting ban on distance mode PhD is something like entering into a fish market where quality does not matter, chaos all over, all comming with their justification for the work whether relevant or irrelevant. This will do no big to academia but make things difficult for times to come as we wont be able to differentiate between quality and junk

07 Sep 2011

Its is good for all working people..thanx for UGC Committee

Pawan Kr. Choudhary
05 Sep 2011

It is a welcome decision as it helps people like me who cannot carry on his education because of poverty. Allowing Mphil and PhD through distance and open mean it will help those who are working and want to carry on doing such courses simuntaneously.

P. Sreekumar
03 Sep 2011

This tragic decision of lifting ban over MPhil and PhD through distance mode and the circumstantial arguments by which UGC might have been forced to reach towards this decision is not justifiable based on following grounds.
Argument No.1: By justifying the ban, R.K. Chauhan, a former UGC Secretary said, “The quality of research programmes like PhD and MPhil is poor in the distant-learning mode. Large numbers of students pursued such courses, which were treated equivalent to the National Eligibility Test (NET) held to appoint lecturers”. On the contrary Prof. Rajasekaran Pillai honorable VC of IGNOU argued that “Our university is an autonomous organization under the IGNOU Act and is allowed to offer MPhil and PhD courses. We have been offering such courses since the 1990s. How can the UGC take away that power?” The UGC Act 1956 gives power to UGC to maintenance standards of learning and research in any Universities in India by (Chapter III Powers (12)).
It shall be the general duty of the Commission to take, in consultation with the Universities or other bodies concerned, all such steps as it may think fit for the promotion and co-ordination of University education and for the determination and maintenance of standards of teaching, examination and research in Universities.
UGC’s proposal of stopping Mphil and Ph.D through distance mode is not an act of taking away the power or autonomy of any Universities in India. The circumstances by which UGC reached towards the decision of ban of Mphil and Ph.D through distance mode in 2009 still exists. No wonders happened in Indian universities within few years to disprove Mr. R.K. Chauhan’s observation “The quality of research programmes like PhD and MPhil is poor in the distant-learning mode. Large numbers of students pursued such courses, which were treated equivalent to the National Eligibility Test (NET) held to appoint lecturers”.
Prof. Rajasekharan Pillai’s claim is an over statement, “We will follow the rules but our regulations are already stricter than those of the UGC”. If IGNOU’s regulations are so stricter than UGC’s regulation why don’t all Indian Universities conducting regular Mphil and PhD follow IGNOU’s regulations!
There is no doubt about IGNOU’s standard; therefore it exists as a proud to our nation. Once IGNOU got a privilege of conducting MPhil and PhD through distance mode because of the merit of IGNOU, I am sure that all the other Universities will claim for the same.
But we are very happy to know about the news on the recent judgment by Madras High Court, it in fact questioned the basic premises of the core argument made by Prof. Rajasekharan Pillai regarding the UGC’ s power to intervene.
In this context we request UGC to consider the following in the next meeting on 15th of September;
1. The basic premises of UGC’s power to set the standard of higher education and research of any universities in India should not be challenged. Even though UGC bent on the widespread protests by various open universities including IGNOU, Hon High court of Madras realized the power and role of UGC.
2. UGC should strictly suggest that UGCNET shall be the minimum eligibility to apply for Mphil and PhD even in open universities also. At first it should be implemented in all our central and state Universities. Let UGCNET shall be the minimum eligibility for doing MPhil and PhD in our Universities. By implementing it as a regulation we can avoid all candidates who are not up to the mark to continue higher education after post graduation. Eventually it will reduce the potentiality of generating “widespread protests by various open universities including IGNOU(!)” to argue for Mphil and PhD through distance mode.
3. Conduct case studies of two or three Universities in India which have been shamelessly misused the distance mode MPhil and PhD programme. Mr. Pavan who already made allegation of two Universities in Andhra Pradesh can be contacted (he commented on 2nd September on this news in Education review).
4. For the last three years UGC have been often “self suspending its power by cancelling and deferring the same decisions taken by UGC itself”. This is makes UGC conspicuous, mysterious and paradoxical. If it continues UGC too will lose its credibility like many other glorified institutions in our nation.
Hope September 15th would not be a tragic day in the history of Higher education in Indian.
P. Sreekumar, Asst. Professor
Dravidian University,

Ashok Bhatt
02 Sep 2011

I Welcome UGC decision to remove its two years ban on Ph.D. and M.Phil. in distance mode. I appreciate the comments given by Dr. Niradhar Dey and Dr.T.K.RAJA. As a MLIS student of IGNOU, I want to say that IGNOU Definitely maintains its standard in research. There is no comparison of IGNOU Study Material. The study material provided by IGNOU based on current information. IGNOU Conducts assignment works/ PCP Programmes / Seminars /Practical’s and Dissertation Work which is strictly evaluated by the Faculty of IGNOU and Compulsory to get a Degree from IGNOU which I think there is no such requirements by other distance mode Institution. Yes it is difficult for scholars in science subjects. Definitely it is important to follow certain parameters and regulations set by the UGC by all open universities and distance mode institutions.

P. Sreekumar
02 Sep 2011

UGC has the statutory power to fix the standard; it cannot be challenged by prior legislations
Based on this judgement of Honourable HC of Tamil Nadu, UGC’s power cannot be challenged. See the news
P. Sreekumar, Asst.Professor
Dravidian University,

P. Sreekumar
02 Sep 2011

Please the immediate past towards this decision
P. Sreekumar, Asst. Professor Dravidian University

P. Sreekumar
02 Sep 2011

Response from Dravidian University to Mr. Pavan’s allegation
On what bases you can argue that Dravidian University “have started Ph.D., shops like belt shops”?
Is there any solid evidence for this argument?
Making argument without evidence against an institution has more than one decades of history of higher education is not a healthy practice in this forum.
P. Sreekumar, Asst. Professor
Dravidian University

02 Sep 2011

In andhra Pradesh, some universities like dravidian university and rayalaseema university have started Ph.D., shops like belt shops. If UGC lifted ban on Doctoral courses, the higher education system would be collapsed heavily. UGC must direct the university to admit Ph.D., students systematically. This is unfair decision from UGC and we are all opposing the decision

Dr.chandrkanth kelmani
02 Sep 2011

The quality of publications already going down form Universities only , How can the Ph.D /MPhils obtained from distance mode can expect to publish in good journals.The idea of distance learning mooted out for dropouts and those who are in service for pursuing the higher education.I have valued many answer papers from Universities offering biotechnology course in M.Sc with all similar answers.These students only again apply for Ph.Ds and M.Phils without doing any course work and many guide find difficult in guiding them as they don't have the knowledge of modern techniques.
Hence I personally request you kindly stop giving such education as students are always inocents and prevent spoiling their future.

Dr. Niradhar Dey
02 Sep 2011

I just got the news that UGC has removed its two years ban on Ph.D. and M.Phil. in distance mood. Its a good decision for the greater interest of many research scholars, but at the same time quality should not be compromised in any means. IGNOU status is different from other open universities. Definitely IGNOU maintains its standard in research, but what about other open universities. Most of the state open universities are running with rapid scarcity of faculties, they are trying to get the supervisors from other institutes for guiding the Ph.D. scholars. My concern is, if ban is removed, a stricter regulation should come with immediate force and the principal supervisor should from the institute itself. Coursework, seminar, and progress report should be made compulsory. In every phase of Ph.D. work the scholars should publish five research papers related with his Ph.D. work in international and national journals which is peer reviewed, indexed and abstracting, with impact factor. Out of which a couple of papers should be from overseas countries. Before final submission of thesis, one open viva should be conducted to know the authenticity and worth of his work. The report of publish paper should be attached with the thesis in final publication. Its my views regarding the issue.
Dr. Niradhar Dey

Dr Gogoi, JB
01 Sep 2011

As a professional academician I personally & professionally don't support this move of UGC & HRD...........It will just open another gateway to buy Higher Degrees! Can a PhD in Branches of Medical Sciences is possible by Distance Learning Mode? Can it be possible for anyone to undergo MPhils/PhDs in Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Botany, Zoology, etc without attending formal classes & practicals? I think its not even possible for Students of Humanities & Arts branches to do MPhils/PhDs without formal classes/seminars/presentations/projects, etc. There are lots of examples how many Colleges & Universities are conducting/running their higher studies! I believe that it will have a great negative effect on our educational system in long run! It will surely degrade the quality of higher education in India!

Balaganapathi D
01 Sep 2011

i think before finalising the decision on lifting the ban on Ph.D. program in Distance mode, UGC and/or MHRD must investigate and study the consequences of misuse of these programs by certain universities in South as well as in North India. First thing that is to be done, is to take necessary steps to handle the situation in universities, where thousands of ph.D. admissions are given in both Arts and Science courses. If one can handle the situation, then probably it is possible to think about lifting the ban.
It is my honest personal opinion that there should not be M.Phil & Ph.D. programs in Distance mode. becos even if stringent rules are made to regulate the program, some instutions with corrupt officials will be able to find 1000 ways of misusing them. There are plenty of examples of such misuse in recent past.

D Mohanta
01 Sep 2011

I am worried. To give importance to IGNOU is one thing and to open the door is something else. Quality research will be compromised. UGC should have proper control over it. We are lacking in academic excellence not because our boys and girls are unintelligent but because our very system of education is corrupt. A thorough course work about the greater field of the subject as well as allied interdisciplinary fields must be covered at leat by 4 semesters and then one should proceed for the thesis. I have doubt whether the institutions willing to offer M.Phil / Ph.D have the adequate resourses. Otherwise the degrees will only breed half -educated job seekers and they will have no future. One day they will realize that they have been thoroughly deceived by a public system of their country.

P. Sreekumar
01 Sep 2011

I request the reads to read the below news together to see the conspicuous nexus of UGC’s decisions to spoil the standard and quality higher education in our nation.
1. UGC announces NET exemption cut-off date for MPhil holders
2. Impact of UGC Regulation exempting NET for MPhil. holders
3. UGC lifts ban on Distance PhDs, MPhil courses
After reading all of these what you feel? Can you understand any link between these two decisions?
P. Sreekumar, Asst. Professor
Dravidian University

P. Sreekumar
01 Sep 2011

UGC is like Janus and distance education is Pharmakon, therefore, there is no hope in the future of higher education in India. It is a high time to start a national struggle to save higher education in Indian from corruption.
This is a wrong decision and it is contradictory to UGC’s attempt to standardize the quality of higher education and research in India. UGC is like a Janus, by one face it blesses higher education of India by number of verbose proposals to standardize the quality of higher education, on the contrary it curse and spoiling higher education by liberalizing the MPhil, PhD through distance education and by providing exemption to the both (MPhil and PhD) against UGCNET. UGC’s decision to exempt MPhil and Ph.D against UGC NET and recognizing MPhil and PhD through distance mode should be read together. The above reported “widespread protests by various universities” is highly conspicuous. There exist mafias in the distance education of India. Of course IGNOU may be an exemption. The philosophy of distance education is only to extent the education to our citizen who are not in a position to access the regular education. Now this sector is facilitating corruption of higher education in India. There is a justification of offering degree and post graduate level education through distance mode, but the same justification is not applicable for M.Phil and Ph.D courses. Distance education is like “pharmakon” it is a medicine in the context of the in accessibility of higher education to a great majority of our people. But it is a poison to the standard and quality of higher education in India. I hope Ministry of HRD India may not accept this decision, and it should be challenged.
It is a high time to start a national wide struggle against corruption in Indian higher education. Who will lead it, teachers, students, civil society or political parties? We have already started the struggle against corruption of higher education in Dravidian University, Andhra Pradesh.

P. Sreekumar, Asst. Professor
Dravidian University, Andhra Pradesh

01 Sep 2011

It is a retrograde step to improve the quality of research degrees. In the name of quantity everything is diluted in our University educational system. No hope for improvement.

Dr.G.Mohan Narasimha Rao
01 Sep 2011

Is it welcome step that UGC has lifted the ban on Research degrees such as M.Phil and Ph.D through distance mode ? I don't know how student carry out his or her research work in science courses. Somehow it is difficult for scholars in science subjects. Today there is no common evaluating system in the universities for Ph.D. degree. In some universities there is no foreign adjudicator for evaluating the Ph.D, in such cases getting Ph.D is somewhat easy than other universities where foreign evaluation is must. That is one minus point, and if UGC allows the Ph.D study through distance mode, again it will deteriorate the standards of the course even though strict rules and regulations formulated by the UGC.

Dr R.K.Singh
01 Sep 2011

It's a welcome move in the interested all those aspsirants who cannot pursue MPhi or PhD as full time scholars.

01 Sep 2011

welcome step. now UGC should exempt M. Phil before 10 july 2009 from NET for lecturer in ug college for the justice.

01 Sep 2011

It is welcome that UGC has lifted the ban on MPhil/PhD thro' distance education mode. But it is important that minimum quality parameters set by the UGC regulations should be strictly followed by all open universities and distance mode institutions. Corrupt practices by research guides should be eliminated. There should be absolute transparency in the social relationship between guides and students.