Sunday, June 6, 2010

UGC tightens PhD norms, makes entrance test must

New Delhi: Getting a PhD degree in India will not be a cakewalk anymore. Alarmed at a panel report citing malpractices in the process of getting a PhD, UGC has made entrance exams mandatory for PhD and MPhil aspirants.

The entrance will be followed by an interview where aspirants will discuss their research area. After admission to PhD, students will have to do course work for at least a semester. The course will be treated as pre-research preparation and universities will fix the minimum qualifying criteria to proceed with writing of dissertation.

At present there is no entrance examination for those wanting a doctorate degree. Central universities have set some basic standards, but in many state and deemed universities, Phds can be taken in bulk. The Mungekar Committee Report found that students with the poorest percentage can get enrolled and acquire a doctorate degree in 3-5 years. There were instances where research guides wrote theses for students and even stage-managed experts during viva-voce.

The new norms will ensure that before submission of theses, students make a pre-MPhil/PhD presentation in the department for feedback. It will also be mandatory for them to publish one research paper in a refereed journal. The thesis will be evaluated by two experts, including one outside the state, followed by a viva-voce examination.
UGC has exempted PhD holders who do their doctoral programmes under the new norms from clearing the National Eligibility Test (NET) for lectureship.

For others, NET/SLET (state level examination for lectureship) is a must for recruitment. UGC has also restricted the number of seats for PhD/MPhil in universities but it will be compulsory for them to advertise the seats to encourage students from other states. Also, supervisors cannot have more than eight PhD and five MPhil scholars at a time.

To check plagiarism, researchers will have to submit theses on a CD so that the content can be checked for duplication and cheating before handing out degrees. UGC has asked all state, central, private and deemed universities to prepare a database of research work and digitalise them.

3 comments:

S. Dhakal said...

Yes I truly welcome UGC'S step.But there are many candidates from good universities having good marks at masters level and registered to PhD through proper process as mentioned by UGC and awarded their PhD Degree just before PET exams say in 2009 or 2010.What about them? Some of the universities are at fault but not all. Again due to its earlier policies many candidates with just M.Phil degree has also got lecturer-ship. Form hence forth UGC can follow its new rule. But for those who were registered during 2004-2006 and awarded the degree between 2009-2010, there were no such entrance rule. Is this their fault? as per its earlier rule it was said that PhD was option to NET. So many of the candidates opted for PhD through proper process. And now the rule changes. Don't always think about Cheap PHDS from some universities. There are also excellent works form good universities with publications. What about them?

deepakumari said...

I want to know that NET have any mark as that of PHD in the college lecturer interviews.

Joyanta Bhowmik said...

Everything is right but iwish to know ,how can a employee will complete his Ph D as if, university authority will not permit him to persue course-work, evenif he will collect NOC from his existing Directorate.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

UGC tightens PhD norms, makes entrance test must

New Delhi: Getting a PhD degree in India will not be a cakewalk anymore. Alarmed at a panel report citing malpractices in the process of getting a PhD, UGC has made entrance exams mandatory for PhD and MPhil aspirants.

The entrance will be followed by an interview where aspirants will discuss their research area. After admission to PhD, students will have to do course work for at least a semester. The course will be treated as pre-research preparation and universities will fix the minimum qualifying criteria to proceed with writing of dissertation.

At present there is no entrance examination for those wanting a doctorate degree. Central universities have set some basic standards, but in many state and deemed universities, Phds can be taken in bulk. The Mungekar Committee Report found that students with the poorest percentage can get enrolled and acquire a doctorate degree in 3-5 years. There were instances where research guides wrote theses for students and even stage-managed experts during viva-voce.

The new norms will ensure that before submission of theses, students make a pre-MPhil/PhD presentation in the department for feedback. It will also be mandatory for them to publish one research paper in a refereed journal. The thesis will be evaluated by two experts, including one outside the state, followed by a viva-voce examination.
UGC has exempted PhD holders who do their doctoral programmes under the new norms from clearing the National Eligibility Test (NET) for lectureship.

For others, NET/SLET (state level examination for lectureship) is a must for recruitment. UGC has also restricted the number of seats for PhD/MPhil in universities but it will be compulsory for them to advertise the seats to encourage students from other states. Also, supervisors cannot have more than eight PhD and five MPhil scholars at a time.

To check plagiarism, researchers will have to submit theses on a CD so that the content can be checked for duplication and cheating before handing out degrees. UGC has asked all state, central, private and deemed universities to prepare a database of research work and digitalise them.

3 comments:

S. Dhakal said...

Yes I truly welcome UGC'S step.But there are many candidates from good universities having good marks at masters level and registered to PhD through proper process as mentioned by UGC and awarded their PhD Degree just before PET exams say in 2009 or 2010.What about them? Some of the universities are at fault but not all. Again due to its earlier policies many candidates with just M.Phil degree has also got lecturer-ship. Form hence forth UGC can follow its new rule. But for those who were registered during 2004-2006 and awarded the degree between 2009-2010, there were no such entrance rule. Is this their fault? as per its earlier rule it was said that PhD was option to NET. So many of the candidates opted for PhD through proper process. And now the rule changes. Don't always think about Cheap PHDS from some universities. There are also excellent works form good universities with publications. What about them?

deepakumari said...

I want to know that NET have any mark as that of PHD in the college lecturer interviews.

Joyanta Bhowmik said...

Everything is right but iwish to know ,how can a employee will complete his Ph D as if, university authority will not permit him to persue course-work, evenif he will collect NOC from his existing Directorate.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

UGC tightens PhD norms, makes entrance test must

New Delhi: Getting a PhD degree in India will not be a cakewalk anymore. Alarmed at a panel report citing malpractices in the process of getting a PhD, UGC has made entrance exams mandatory for PhD and MPhil aspirants.

The entrance will be followed by an interview where aspirants will discuss their research area. After admission to PhD, students will have to do course work for at least a semester. The course will be treated as pre-research preparation and universities will fix the minimum qualifying criteria to proceed with writing of dissertation.

At present there is no entrance examination for those wanting a doctorate degree. Central universities have set some basic standards, but in many state and deemed universities, Phds can be taken in bulk. The Mungekar Committee Report found that students with the poorest percentage can get enrolled and acquire a doctorate degree in 3-5 years. There were instances where research guides wrote theses for students and even stage-managed experts during viva-voce.

The new norms will ensure that before submission of theses, students make a pre-MPhil/PhD presentation in the department for feedback. It will also be mandatory for them to publish one research paper in a refereed journal. The thesis will be evaluated by two experts, including one outside the state, followed by a viva-voce examination.
UGC has exempted PhD holders who do their doctoral programmes under the new norms from clearing the National Eligibility Test (NET) for lectureship.

For others, NET/SLET (state level examination for lectureship) is a must for recruitment. UGC has also restricted the number of seats for PhD/MPhil in universities but it will be compulsory for them to advertise the seats to encourage students from other states. Also, supervisors cannot have more than eight PhD and five MPhil scholars at a time.

To check plagiarism, researchers will have to submit theses on a CD so that the content can be checked for duplication and cheating before handing out degrees. UGC has asked all state, central, private and deemed universities to prepare a database of research work and digitalise them.

3 comments:

S. Dhakal said...

Yes I truly welcome UGC'S step.But there are many candidates from good universities having good marks at masters level and registered to PhD through proper process as mentioned by UGC and awarded their PhD Degree just before PET exams say in 2009 or 2010.What about them? Some of the universities are at fault but not all. Again due to its earlier policies many candidates with just M.Phil degree has also got lecturer-ship. Form hence forth UGC can follow its new rule. But for those who were registered during 2004-2006 and awarded the degree between 2009-2010, there were no such entrance rule. Is this their fault? as per its earlier rule it was said that PhD was option to NET. So many of the candidates opted for PhD through proper process. And now the rule changes. Don't always think about Cheap PHDS from some universities. There are also excellent works form good universities with publications. What about them?

deepakumari said...

I want to know that NET have any mark as that of PHD in the college lecturer interviews.

Joyanta Bhowmik said...

Everything is right but iwish to know ,how can a employee will complete his Ph D as if, university authority will not permit him to persue course-work, evenif he will collect NOC from his existing Directorate.