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PhD: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has eliminated the mandatory requirement of having research papers published in peer-reviewed journals before submitting a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) thesis in new regulations for doctoral programmes announced Monday.

In new regulations for doctorate programmes announced Monday, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has dropped the mandatory requirement of having research published papers in peer-reviewed journals before submitting a Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) thesis.

Prior to submitting their thesis for adjudication, M.Phil (Master of Philosophy) scholars were mandated to present at least one research paper at a conference or seminar, whereas Ph.D. scholars were obligated to publish at least one research paper in a peer‐reviewed journal and make two paper presentations at conferences or seminars.

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The University Grants Commission (UGC) has announced revised admission standards that will allow four-year undergraduate degree holders with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 7.5 to enrol in PhD programmes, as well as professionals to pursue part-time research courses.


A proposal to reserve 60% of seats in all higher education institutions for National Eligibility Test/Junior Research Fellowship holders was dropped. “It was not considered with stakeholder suggestions in mind,” said UGC chairperson M Jagadesh Kumar.

In March, the draught UGC (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of PhD Degree) Regulations, 2022 were made available for public comment. They were notified on November 7 and will replace the regulations in place since 2016.

The UGC, the higher education regulator, stated in a notification that the admissions procedure will remain unchanged. Following the discontinuation of the MPhil programme in accordance with National Education Policy 2020 and the introduction of four-year undergraduate programmes, the eligibility criteria have been revised.


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