The University Grants Commission (UGC) has initiated several measures to promote enrolment of women in Ph.D and M.Phil. courses.
Minister of State for Human Resource Development Mahendra Nath Pandey told the Rajya Sabha in a written reply to a question yesterday that the steps laying down provisions in the UGC (Minimum standards and procedure for award of MPhil/Ph.D.) for relaxing the maximum duration for completion of Ph.D or MPhil. by women candidates by a further two years and one year, respectively; allowing transfer of research data in case of relocation of an M.Phil/Ph.D woman scholar due to marriage or otherwise; and allowing women candidates maternity leave/ childcare leave once in the entire duration of M.Phil./Ph.D for upto 240 days. The regulations are available here.
Mr. Pandey also said that the UGC provides to seven Universities and Deemed to be Universities, set up exclusively for women, engaged in teaching and research activities in the country.
These universities are Sri Padmavati Mahila Vishwavidyalayam, Andhra Pradesh; Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya, Haryana; Karnataka State Women University, Karnataka; Smt. Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women’s University, Mumbai; Mother Teresa Women’s University, Tamil Nadu; Banasthali Vidyapith, Rajasthan; and Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science & Higher Education for Women, Tamil Nadu.
The UGC has an exclusive post-doctoral fellowship scheme for women. The scheme incentivizes talented women to carry out advanced studies and research. The awardees are given fellowship at the rate of Rs. 38,800 per month for the first two years and Rs. 46,500 per month for a further three years.
The number of slots available under this scheme is 100 per year. The guidelines of the schemes can be seen here.
The UGC is also providing Swami Vivekananda single girl-child fellowship for research in social sciences. Under this fellowship single girl children, who are registered in Ph.D. programme in Social Sciences, are eligible for receiving Rs. 25,000 per month for the initial two years and Rs. 28,000 per month till date of submission of Ph.D thesis or five years, whichever is earlier. The guidelines of the scheme can be seen here.
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