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 â€œIn 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.â€
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, â€œa 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.â€ 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,â€ 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