University Grants Commission: Gift to a working professional, do six months course work in PhD in regular, thesis part time


The University Grants Commission (UGC) has given a big relief to the professionals who are unable to do PhD due to job. Now working professionals will be able to do part time PhD along with job. In this, six months course work in PhD program will have to be done in regular mode, while other research work including thesis will be done through part time mode.

In the council meeting of the UGC, the proposal for the draft of the UGC Regulation (Minimum Standard and Procedure for Award of PhD) 2022 has been passed. Apart from this, if 60 percent seats to be filled through NET and JRF of PhD remain vacant, then the idea of ​​adding 40 percent seats (to be filled through Joint Admission Entrance Test of University or NTA) is also under consideration. However, no decision has been taken on this yet.

The revised UGC PhD Regulation-2022 has been approved in the UGC Council meeting of the University Grants Commission held on June 13. From the upcoming academic session 2022-23, PhD admissions will be held in universities, CSIR, ICMR, ICAR etc. under the same rules. Universities and higher educational institutions will be required to upload the details of their PhD seats on the official website. In this, topics from PhD guide will also have to be shown. For PhD admission 70 marks will be written and 30 marks will be for interview. The PhD program must have a minimum of 12 credits and a maximum of 16 credits. Apart from this, after retirement, the teacher will be able to serve again in the parent university as a teacher in research field till the age of 70 years. Different classes have been prescribed in it.

Now the thesis will be printed in the peer review journal and patented, in the new regulation, freedom has been given from candidates to universities. Now PhD candidates can get their thesis patented. Apart from this, the research finding of PhD can be published in the quality journal ie Peer Review Journal.

PhD Viva Online and Offline Option

For the first time in Rona Kaal, PhD Viva will also be online. In the new regulation, it has been written to implement PhD Viva Online prominently. Its purpose is to save time and money for the student and the university. In this, online Viva will have to be given. Viva can be given offline if the student faces any problem.

PhD has to be completed in six years

PhD has to be completed in six years. No institution shall allow additional time for more than two years. At the same time, provision has been made to give additional time of two years in addition to six years for women candidates and persons with disabilities (more than 40 percent).

Two institutes will also be able to get PhD together

Now in the new rules, two colleges together can now get the degree program studied. For this both the institutions will have to compromise. In this, the committee will decide how the research area and the supervisor (guide) and co-supervisor (two guides) together will get the PhD done. In this, any supervisor will be able to keep PhD scholars only under the prescribed rules.

Professor, Associate and Assistant Professor will get PhD

Under the new regulation, any full time regular, associate and assistant professor can get PhD. For a professor and associate to get a PhD, at least five research papers must be published. Whereas for Assistant Professor, it will be necessary to have three research published with teaching, research experience for five years. According to the new rule, a professor can have not more than eight, associate professor at least six and assistant professor at least four PhD scholars. Apart from this, two scholars can be placed under the super numeric seat if foreign PhD scholars are received.

Admission Rules and Criteria

  • The current system in universities i.e. students doing three years graduation and two years PG can also take admission in PhD. They are required to have 50% or 55% marks (depending on the university’s criteria) in PG program to appear in the Joint Admission Entrance Test of Universities or NTA for admission to Ph.D.
  • Students pursuing four-year undergraduate and one-year PG program can also take admission in Ph.D. It is also mandatory for them to have 50 or 55 percent marks (depending on the university’s criteria) in PG program to appear in the Joint Admission Entrance Test of Universities or NTA for PhD admission.
  • 60% of the total seats in universities will be reserved for NET or JRF qualified students.
  • Universities can only admit 40 per cent of their seats on their own or by merit in the Joint Admission Entrance Test to be conducted by the NTA.

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