UGC Scrapes Distance Education For Ph.D. Programs

By Divya

A Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs which is done through distance education will not be identified anymore, said the University Grants Commission (UGC) in a circular.

The circular said only full-time and part-time programs will be treated as degrees.

"The UGC set on minimum qualifications for appointment of teachers and other academic staff in universities has recently been updated and according to these changes, only regular mode Ph.D. will be recognized," states the circular dated March 17, 2017.

 

The amended copy of the UGC regulations on minimum qualifications for appointment of teachers and other academic staff in universities and colleges.Measures for the maintenance of standards in higher education, 2010, has been notified in the Gazette of India on July 11, 2016.

 No distance education for Ph.D. degrees

The commission had received several inquiries from colleges across the country on the exact definition of 'regular mode', to which the UGC has clearly stated that only those Ph.D. pursued full time or part time will be appreciated and the distance education for the Ph.D. degree is scraped out.

Taking it a step ahead, another circular released by UGC is now asking colleges and universities to upload on their own websites, information on Ph Ds received by their staff/students, making special mention of the mode in which the degree was pursued.

Colleges have also been asked to share this information with the UGC at the earliest.

While most registered universities offer full-time or part-time Ph.D. programs, certain open universities like Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) as well as Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open Universities (YCMOU) do offer the degree in distance learning mode.

"Most universities, including MU, do not offer Ph.D. in distance mode. We only allow full-time research students (with or without scholarship) or those who work on it part-time, but definitely never a distance program," said M A Khan, registrar, MU.

Also read Symbiosis School of Economics Admissions Open: Apply For Bsc & Msc In Economics Now!

For Quick Alerts
ALLOW NOTIFICATIONS  
For Daily Alerts

--Or--
Select a Field of Study
Select a Course
Select UPSC Exam
Select IBPS Exam
Select Entrance Exam
JOIN US ON SOCIAL NETWORKS

Thousands of Careerindia readers receive our evening newsletter.
Have you subscribed?

Get Instant News Updates
Enable
x
Notification Settings X
Time Settings
Done
Clear Notification X
Do you want to clear all the notifications from your inbox?
Settings X
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Careerindia sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Careerindia website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more