The University Grants Commission (UGC) has made it mandatory even for the M Phil holders to clear the National Eligibility Test (NET) or State- Level Eligibility Test (SLET) before they are considered for the post of lecturer. However, candidates holding a Ph D might still get an exemption from clearing the NET if they have done their research in compliance with the UGC norms. UGC chairperson Sukhadeo Thorat said “In case, the Ph D has not been done in compliance with the UGC rules, the candidate will have to clear the NET/SLET tests before he is considered for the post of lecturer.”

The UGC has also come out with a uniform regulation on Ph D programmes, according to which the universities will lay down criteria for the faculty to be recognised as research supervisor for M Phil and Ph D students. According to the regulations, “a supervisor cannot have more than eight Ph D and five M Phil scholars at any given point of time.

The universities will decide the number of M Phil and Ph D seats and advertise them widely. The universities will have to admit M Phil and Doctoral students through an entrance test.” The entrance will be followed by an interview in which the doctoral students will discuss their research area. After admission to the Ph D course, the students will have to do a course work for a minimum period of one semester. “The course work will be mandatory and it will be treated as pre M Phil/Ph D preparation,” Dr. Thorat said.

“After the students complete the course work, they will undertake a research work and will have to make presentation in their departments for feedback. Then they will produce their thesis within a reasonable time,” he said. “The thesis will be evaluated by two experts, including one expert outside the state. Then the candidates will have to appear for a viva voce exam”, he said.

The awarding institute has to submit a copy of the thesis to the UGC, INFLIBNET, Ahmedabad for making available through repository to user community. Link to the source