NOIDA 12th September 2018: The University Grant Commission (UGC) has made changes in admission criteria for Ph. D and M. Phil programs. The entrance test qualifying marks have been reduced to 45% that is 5% relaxation has been given to the candidates belonging to reserved category. This decision was taken by UGC in order to fill the vacant seat in Ph. D and M. Phil programs.
Further as stated by MHRD, if seats remain unfilled despite the relaxation given to the reserved category, the universities will get permission to launch a special admission drive to fill the vacant seat by setting their own criteria which must be filled within one month from the date closure of the admission of the General category.
As per ‘Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of MPhil/PhD Degrees (1st Amendment) Regulations 2018’, the candidates who hail from SC/ST/OBC (noncreamy layers)/differently abled category shall get the relaxation of 5% marks. Hence, for such candidates, the new eligibility criteria will be reduced to 45% from 50%.
According to the official notification revealed by MHRD on filling the vacant seat for reserved category alleged that all the concerned University can improvise its own admission procedure along with the eligibility criteria and must ensure that seats must be filled under these categories.
As said by R Subrahmanyan, secretary, higher education, further adds a two-step admission process has been introduced but still the government is concerned about the reduced number of admission in Ph. D from reserved category.
Further, he added that we are determined to improve the quality of doctoral education but on the other hand we also ensure the constitutional safeguards for SC and STs are not violated. Therefore, Prakash Javadekar, minister of HRD, approved the amendments in the Ph.D regulations for special admission process for reserved category. We are further looking forward to going a long way to improve the current situation.
According to MHRD, the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) will admit the candidates into Ph.D and M. Phil programs by two-stage admission process including an entrance test. As per the prescribed syllabus, the entrance test will consist of 50 – 50% of question will be based on research methodology and subject specific question.