Delhi University changes PhD rules in line with UGC norms

Acaimplementationcil (AC) of Delhi University on Thursday decided to enact a resolution that will bring out changes in the PhD and MPhil admissions based on UGC’s May 2016 notification. The curriculum for few new courses were approved as well.

The UGC notification compel few changes in the university rules. “Earlier college teachers could become supervisors only after they carry out a major project and an inspection committee from the university approved it. Now, a teacher needs to have only two papers published to become a supervisor,” said Pankaj Garg, an AC member.

However, some council members said the colleges and the universities should have been permitted to take the decision. “UGC shouldn’t set these rules,” said Rajesh Jha, another AC member.

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However, few decisions have been welcomed by most members. According to the new ‘clause of residency’ for the teachers plan to pursue a PhD, teachers can opt for research while employed and those who have already done an Mphil would be exempted from the initial course work for PhD and from the entrance test as well. “Earlier teachers used to go on leave for two years. This particularly affected ad hoc teachers as they don’t have any job guarantee,” Jha explained.

The entrance tests will also vary with a 50-50 split between research methodology and subject material. Women and physically disabled candidates for PhD will now get eight years instead of the regular six and a half years to finish their work.

Check: UGC Regulations 2016 : Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of M.PHIL./PH.D Degrees

Becoming supervisor now easier for teachers in DU

The Delhi University has made it easier for college teachers to become supervisors, and ad hoc teachers to pursue a PhD while teaching, by adopting the University Grants Commission (UGC) 2016 regulation. The academic council (AC), a statutory body, adopted these regulations on Wednesday.

So far, the university was pursuing rules as per the August 2015 ordinance, which had various clauses that made it unenviable for college teachers to become supervisors. The earlier rule stated that for college teachers to become supervisors, it was compulsory to have three years of a “major project”. Besides, it was requisite to get it evaluated by a university inspection committee. The new regulation only demand a teacher to have two publications. “The previous ordinance of the university was very discriminatory for college teachers. Despite having publication in international journals, college teachers were losing the opportunity (to become supervisors). We had been raising this issue for a long time. It has finally been approved,” said Pankaj Garg, an academic council member and associate professor at the department of mathematics.

The condition of residency has also been withdrawn. The condition meant if a teacher wanted to pursue PhD, they require to take two years’ leave. But now, teachers can take admission in PhD without having leave. The provisions now await the approval of the Executive Council. “This will be very helpful for ad hoc teachers. There are so many of them who start working and then could not go for higher studies because of this clause. Further, teachers who have completed their MPhil degree are exempted from doing coursework for the PhD,” Garg said.

Also See: UGC Regulations 2016 : Minimum Qualifications for Appointment of Teachers and other Academic Staff [4th Amendment]

During Zero hour, the members also raised issues related to promotion, pension, confirmation letter, autonomous colleges scheme, physical education teachers, librarians, but no action was taken on these issues, sources said.

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