The UGC Regulation 2009 called sinimum Standards and Procedure for Award of M.Phil/Ph.D. Degree), to be   published in the Gazette of India, shall apply to every university established or incorporated by or under a Central Act, Provincial Act or a State Act, every institution including a constituent or an affiliated college recognised  by the Commission, in consultation with the university concerned under clause (1) of Section 2 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, and every institution deemped to be a university under section 3 of the said Act.

According to the Regulation, all Universities, Institutions, Deemed to be Universities and Colleges / Institutions of National Importance shall be eligible for conducting M.Phil and Ph.D. Programs. But, no University, Institution, Deemped to be University and College/ Institution of National Importance shall conduct M.Phil and Ph.D. programmes through distance education mode.

A Supervisor of the M.Phil / Ph.D. programme can not have more than eight Ph.D. scholars and five M.Phil scholars at any given point of time. The number of seats for M.Phil and Ph.D. shall be decided well in advance and notified in the University website or advertisement. Further, these institutions shall widely advertise the number of available seats for M.Phil / Ph.D. studies and conduct admission on regular basis.

There is provision for the University to decide separate terms and conditions for those students who qualify UGC/CSIR (JRF) Examination / SLET / GATE / Teacher fellowship holder or have passed M.Phil programme for Ph.D. Entrance Test. It shall be followed by an interview. The same procedure shall be adopted for the M.Phil programme.

The admission of the Ph.D. programme would be either directly or through M.Phil programme. National State Reservation policy will also be considered by the universities at the time of granting admission to M.Phil / Ph.D. programmes to the students.

It is mandatory to publish at least one research paper in a referred peer-reviewed journal before the submission of the thesis and need to be produced evidence for the same in the form of acceptance letter or the reprint. The thesis shall be evaluated by at least two experts, where one shall be from out of the state and it is optional to have one examiner from out of the country. At last, on the satisfactory evaluation reports, students shall undergo a viva voce examination.

On the successfully completion of the evaluation process and announcements of the award of M.Phil / Ph.D. the University has to submit a soft copy of the thesis to the UGC/ INFLIBNET within a period of thirty days for hosting the same in the INFLIBNET repository accessible to all Institutions / Universities. Source UGC notification.