Veer Narmad South Gujarat University (VNSGU) professors and research students are feeling upbeat after hearing the latest announcements of University Grants Commission (UGC) which were made on Thursday. The UGC now allows college professors to take PhD students. Earlier, the minimum time limit to complete PhD was two years and the maximum six years.
The new guidelines have fixed the minimum time limit to three years and the maximum at six years. Women will get maternity leave during PhD programme and disabled research students can complete their PhD thesis in eight years.
Other Backward Class (OBC) students will get five per cent waiver in minimum percentage requirement for admission into PhD programme. Currently minimum required marks for PhD admission is 55 per cent and the waiver of five per cent is available only for Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and disabled students. Now OBC students too will be eligible to get admission into PhD programmes with 50 per cent marks.
One of the most important decisions was allowing college teachers to become research guides and this has been welcomed by all in the university.
“The latest changes will speed up research work and give opportunity to many deserving research students. Some changes will also address the problem of shortage of teachers in higher studies,” VNSGU vice-chancellor Dakshesh Thakar said.
The earlier university guideline did not allow college teachers to have research students and it was widely opposed. Various meetings in the university had turned stormy during discussions over the issue. Members of different bodies had favoured opposing the UGC guidelines.
However, VNSGU had to accept the guidelines and this had created dissatisfaction among college teachers.
News Courtesy: The Times Of India (link)