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Overriding UGC Regulations, University Relaxes Norms for Regular Faculty

Full time teaching faculty at Panjab University (PU) and the colleges affiliated to it can pursue PhD without appearing for an entrance test or qualifying the UGC-NET.

According to the UGC notification, dated May 5, 2016, there are only two ways to get admission to PhD. Either the candidate should be UGC-NET qualified or pass the PhD Entrance Test conducted by the university. After clearing one of the exam, candidates should appear for an interview and defend the proposal before the faculty.

As per UGC Regulations, only candidates who cleared UGC NET are exempted from entrance exam.

Check: CBSE UGC NET Paper 1 – Last 11 Years Question Papers with Answers

However, the Panjab University did exempted its full-time teaching faculty from this requirement. The PU guidelines for PhD candidates read as, “…working permanent teachers of Panjab Universitiy and affiliated colleges are also exempted from the entrance test”.

The Dean (Research) OP Katare said, “A panel of the Syndicate applied its mind after the UGC notification were out. It is for the first time that the UGC has come up with such detailed norms. We will quash any provision that goes against the UGC guidelines.” He added that various contradictions had been identified in the PU’s recent guidelines for PhD and the university was developing the best research practices.

The recent PhD guidelines came into enact last month when the university decided to implement the UGC norms a year after their release. Along with the other changes, it has now been decided that a candidate shall finish his/her PhD in six years. Upon failing to do this, a candidate shall pay Rs 25,000 for each extra year to the university. However, the PhD duration can not be extended over and above eight years for male candidates and 10 years for female candidates.

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