After graduation, the need to publish PhD, research paper ends! New rules announced soon

The University Grants Commission (UGC) is going to allow graduate students to take admission in PhD program directly after completing four years of degree. After completing the four-year bachelor’s degree, the students directly PhD Programs Will be able to take admission in However, they should have a minimum of 75% marks or its equivalent grade in the four-year graduation. Apart from this, if a student has completed four-year graduation and then completed one-year master’s program, then he can also be admitted to PhD program.

Actually, UGC is currently preparing a draft of regulation in this regard. It is expected that the new rules for PhD admission will be announced by next week. However, the UGC has made it very clear that the PhD program will not be conducted in online mode.

How to get admission now?

At present, it is mandatory to have a master's degree to take admission in PhD program. Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) can also admit students who have qualified for scholarship in UGC- NET, UGC-CSIR NET, GATE or CEED and similar national level tests apart from their excellent performance in the interview.

Now there will be no need to publish research paper

In another important step, the UGC has also done away with the need to compulsorily publish research papers before thesis submission. In fact, the UGC conducted a study including 2,573 research scholars from a reputed central university and Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). It emerged from this study that due to compulsory publication of research papers, the quality of 75 percent of Scopus-indexed journals of central universities has decreased.

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On the other hand, IIT publishes many research papers as the best journals. The UGC completed its survey in a period of three years from 2017 to 2019. The UGC analysis said, "In universities, the mandatory requirement of publishing a paper before submission of a PhD thesis compelled nearly 75% of the students to publish those journals in research papers during a three-year period." which are not Scopus-indexed journals.

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