UGC withdraws mandatory research publication before PhD thesis submission to enhance quality

UGC has done away with mandatory publication of a research paper before the final submission of PhD thesis by scholars. Another major reform is allowing students to join PhD programmes upon completion of their four-year undergraduate degree. Dispelling apprehensions about these regulations adversely affecting the quality of research work being done currently, educators insist that these steps will help improve the standard of PhD research.
Improving quality is main

Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar, chairperson, UGC, says, “Some people erroneously think that mandatory publication of a research paper before the submission of a PhD thesis decides its quality. On the contrary, high-quality PhD thesis work leads to quality publications.”
In a recently conducted study featuring 2,573 research scholars across central universities and IITs, UGC has found that mandatory publication has not helped universities maintain research quality, as about 75% of the submissions are not in quality Scopus indexed journals.
India is amongst the top few nations in terms of the number of research papers we publish annually, says BJ Rao, vice-chancellor, University of Hyderabad (UoH). “However, the quality of work being done or the journals where these papers get published is not at par with global standards,” he adds.
Kumar says that since publication of a research paper is a time-consuming process, making it mandatory to publish a research paper puts undue pressure on students. “If the quality of research work is monitored properly, students can start writing papers well before the submission of PhD thesis. By the time the student submits the PhD thesis, a couple of papers may get accepted.”
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Uma Shanker Pandey, research supervisor, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Calcutta, says, “During graduation, students are given an orientation in conducting research, correct methodology, and related tools. However, now colleges will have to impart a more structured format of introducing students to their journey as a PhD scholar.”
Imparting soft skills such as writing research papers is also a major responsibility for institutes, adds Rao. “Research guides and committees will now be responsible to ensure that the topic of research that is chosen by scholars is unique and has the potential to get published in quality journals,” he adds.
Kumar explains that to improve the quality of PhD work, the current process of getting the PhD thesis approved needs to be strengthened. “PhD work starts with mentoring, which makes a supervisor and student partners in maintaining quality. Also, every semester, students make presentations to the Research Advisory Committee to get feedback on research quality. Next, the PhD thesis is sent to two external examiners who send feedback suggesting corrections. Finally, the student must defend the work before a viva-voce board,” he says. At every stage, checking and maintaining quality is now going to be the main focus.
Increase in research
With students being given the option to take up a PhD immediately after graduation, there may be an increase in the number. “A change in mindset is needed to understand that cutting down the number of pre-PhD years will not adversely affect a scholar’s ability to do quality research. Research is an interest-driven activity, which will be enhanced if students are given the right guidance at every step,” says Rao.

UGC considers scrapping rule on publishing research for PhD

The University Grants Commission (UGC) plans to do away with the mandatory requirement of publishing research papers in peer reviewed journals for the submission of PhD thesis, officials said. The commission will allow higher education institutions to formulate their own rules and regulations on the matter. The reason for doing so is because many PhD students were resorting to publishing their articles in so-called predatory journals — basically those that publish articles in return for a fee, without adequate due-diligence of the sort academic publications are expected to ensure.

The commission is currently making amendments to the UGC (Minimum Standards and Procedures for Award of Ph.D Degree) Regulations, 2016. Under the 2016 regulations, it was mandatory for PhD scholars to publish at least one research paper in a UGC refereed or peer reviewed journal before the submission of the dissertation/thesis for adjudication.

Under the new, 2022 regulations, the commission will replace the term mandatory with “strongly recommended”. The quality assessment of Phd degrees will be a responsibility of the universities and they are free to come up with their own guidelines in this regard

“This mandatory requirement led to a “journal business” in India. Making anything mandatory does not improve the quality of research. Therefore, UGC is now considering doing away with this requirement while strongly recommending research scholars to publish the research outcomes of their PhD in peer reviewed journals, apply for patents, and present in conferences,” UGC chairperson M Jagadesh Kumar told.

IIT Hyderabad Announces PhD Admission January 2023 with Institute Fellowship

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Hyderabad, invites applications for PhD programmes for the session January 2023. There are 17 departments where PhD programmes are offered. Institute Fellowships are offered to Full Time PhD Scholars.

Key Dates:

The application deadline 14 October 2022.

Application portal will be live from 28 September 2022, till 14 October 2022.

Application Fee:

Application Fee for Regular (Full-time) PhD

All GEN/OBC : Rs.500/-

All SC/ST/PwD /Female: Rs.250/-

Application Fee for External (Part-time) PhD: All Applicants        Rs. 500/

Direct admission to PhD for CFTI Students without GATE:

B.Tech.Graduates from CFTIs with CGPA 8.0 or more, are eligible for applying to PhD programs at IIT Hyderabad without GATE.

Students having CGPA lower than 8.0, need GATE qualification for applying to PhD Progra

List of Departments where PhD admission is offered:

Artificial Intelligence

Biomedical Engineering

Biotechnology

Climate Change

Chemical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Department of Chemistry

Computer Science and Engineering

Department of Design

Electrical Engineering

Entrepreneurship and Management

Department of Liberal Arts

Department of Mathematics

Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Department of Physics

Heritage Science & Technology

The financial assistance for the PhD program under MoE (Ministry of Education) category across all departments is 5 years.

For more details on the eligibility conditions, how to apply and other details, interested candidates should refer the PhD Admission page uploaded on the official website of IIT Hyderabad:

Tata Memorial Centre Mumbai Announces PhD Admission (JRF 2023) ! Fellowships @ 31K per Month

The Tata Memorial Centre (TMC), an autonomous Grant-in-aid Institution of the Department of Atomic Energy, has invited application form for awarding Junior research Fellowships (JRF) 2021 for PhD in Life Sciences.  The TMC is comprised of the Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer (ACTREC) and the Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH).

TMC offers PhD degree program in Life Sciences and is affiliated to the Homi Bhabha National Institute (Deemed University). The research programs at ACTREC amalgamate both fundamental and translational approaches to answer questions related to cancer biology, cancer prevention, and disease intervention. The studies comprehend basic tumor biology and elucidation of myriads of networks involved in cell proliferation, differentiation, apoptosis, metastasis, carcinogenesis, stem cell biology, biochemistry, cancer genomics, genetics, epigenetics, pharmacology, and therapy resistance.

Eligibility Qualifications: M.Sc./ M. Tech (Applied Biology / Biochemistry / Bioinformatics / Biophysics / Biotechnology / Botany / Life Sciences / Microbiology/ Molecular Biology / Zoology or related Biological Sciences); M.V.Sc. and M.Pharm from a recognized University, with  55% aggregate marks. Those awaiting results may also apply. As per HBNI guidelines, candidates with < 55% aggregate marks cannot be considered for an interview or admission to the program. Candidates who have done post-graduation course of only 1 year duration are not eligible. Final admission into the Ph.D. program is subject to the candidate satisfying HBNI eligibility criteria as mentioned above.

JRF Benefits: Stipend: Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) of Rs. 31000/+ 27% HRA per month (HRA is applicable only in case if hostel facility is not opted), which get converted into SRF based on fellow’s performance in the 3rd year. Limited hostel facility is available on first come, first served basis for the new entrants for a period of one year.

Key Dates & Application Fees:  The closing date for online application is 30 November 2022.

Application fees should be paid online, and the fees for male candidates is Rs 750/- and for female candidates is Rs 500/-, while SC/ ST/ OBC (caste proof should be attached) and physically handicapped candidates with minimum 40% disability (disability proof must be attached) are fully exempted from paying fees.

Online Examination: A list of eligible candidates for the Online Objective Entrance Exam will be displayed in last week of December ‘22 on the ACTREC website. The Online Exam will be conducted on January 08, 2023 from 9 AM – 12 noon in 10 Examination Centers located in Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi NCR, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, and Varanasi (center allotment details will be uploaded on the ACTREC website ahead of the exam date).

Eligibility for Direct Interview (Online application for ACTREC JRF2023 is mandatory):

  • Candidates holding valid Junior Research Fellowships awarded after qualifying in a national level written entrance test conducted by CSIR/ UGC/ ICMR/ DBT or other recognized agencies.
  • Candidates who receive external fellowship intimation by May 15, 2023 must send their proof of the award by e-mail [jrf2023@actrec.gov.in] to seek direct interview dates.
  • Qualified Joint Graduate Entrance Examination for Biology and Interdisciplinary Life Sciences (JGEEBILS) candidates who are eligible for ACTREC PhD program will be shortlisted and displayed on the ACTREC website in due course of time.

For further details about eligibility conditions, how to apply and other details, the candidates should refer the Admission Notification, uploaded on the official website of  TMC Mumbai,

Punjab University Announces PhD Entrance Test 2022 for 791 Seats

Punjab University, Chandigarh, a Public University, has announced PhD Admission for 2022.

The Panjab University, Chandigarh will hold an Entrance Test for enrolment to Ph.D. in the Faculties of Arts, Design & Fine Arts, Engineering, Education, Languages, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Science.

Total Number of Seats: The total number of PhD seats are 791 for various university departments, research centres and its affiliated colleges.

Key Dates:

Last date for submission of information on the website to generate Login ID and Password: 12 October 2022 (Wednesday).

PhD. -2022 Entrance Test To Be Held On 05 November 2022 (Saturday)

Application Fee: The Fee for M.Phil. & Ph.D. Entrance Test is Rs. 2175/- (Rs. 1088/- for SC/ST/PwD). The fee for the Entrance Test, once paid, shall not be refunded.

List of Departments where Vacant PhD Seats Available:

Name of DepartmentsNo of Seats
Ancient Indian History &
Archaeology
3
Economics10
Gandhian Studies2
History7
Philosophy4
Political Science7
Psychology19
Public Administration4
Social Work2
Sociology2
Sikh Studies2
Women Studies5
Anthropology3
Bio-Physics20
Botany10
Chemistry99
Environment Studies1
Geology10
Human Genomics8
Microbial Biotechnology2
Microbiology8
Physics2
Statistics1
Stem Cell Tissue Engineering1
System Biology & Bioinformatics5
Zoology37
English2
Hindi3
Punjabi27
Sanskrit8
Vocal & Instrumental8
Art History & Visual Arts4
Chemical Engineering10
Industrial Chemistry10
Food Technology10
Chemical Engineering3
Industrial Chemistry3
Computer Science Engineering40
Information Technology21
Biotechnology12
Mechanical Engineering30
Electrical and Electronics Engg40
Electronics and Communication Engg.29
Computer Science Engineering39
Mechanical Engineering5
Civil Engineering4
Electronics & Communication Engineering45
Civil Engineering5
Computer Science & Engineering3
Electrical Engineering16
Electronics and Communication Engineering28
Mechanical Engineering8
Pharmaceutical Sciences62
Physical Education42
Total Seats791

For exact eligibility conditions, how to apply and other details, interested candidates should refer PhD Admission Notification, which is available on the official website of PhD Admission page of Punjab University.

IIT Tirupati Announces PhD Admission January 2023 with Research Assistantship

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Tirupati, an Institute of National Importance, has announced PhD & MS (Research) Admission for January 2023 Intake.

Financial Assistance is available (Half-time Teaching/Research Assistantship – HTRA) as per the norms of MoE or other funding agency.

 Categories of Admission (PhD): (a) Regular full-time scholars; (b) Research scholars under the external registration programme (Sponsored).

Key Dates:

Opening date for online application – 26 September 2022 (Monday)

Closing date for online application – 17 October 2022 (Monday)

Written Test/ Interview – 07 November 2022 (Monday) to 30-11-2022 (Wednesday)

The application fee is as follows:

GN/EWS/OBC-NCL Male candidates : Rs.400/-

GN/EWS/OBC-NCL Female candidates : Rs.200/-

SC/ST and PwD candidates : Rs.100/-

PhD research Areas:  

Chemical Engineering

Civil & Environmental Engineering

 Computer Science & Engineering

 Electrical Engineering

 Mechanical Engineering

Mathematics and Statistics

Chemistry

Physics

Humanities and Social Sciences: English, Organizational Behaviour

Eligibility Conditions:

(a). Ph.D. in Engineering (a) A Master’s degree in Engineering/Technology or a Master’s degree by Research in Engineering/Technology with a good academic record or a five year integrated Masters/ Dual Degree in Engineering/Technology.

(or) (b) A Master’s degree in Sciences with a good academic record and of exceptional merit in the relevant Engineering discipline with a valid GATE score or UGC/CSIR-NET or equivalent qualification in the relevant area tenable for the year of registration.

(or) (c) Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology from any Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) or Master’s degree in Sciences (entry through JAM) from any IIT with an exceptionally good academic record in an eligible discipline and a minimum CGPA of 8/10 (7.5 for EWS/OBC-NCL and 7.0 for SC/ST/PwD)

(or) (d) Candidates with five-year integrated BS+MS degree from any CFTI. 4.2 Ph.D. in Sciences

(a) Master’s degree in Sciences with a good academic record and a valid score in GATE or CSIR/UGC-NET(JRF/LS)/NBHM/INSPIRE/JEST or equivalent qualification tenable for the current year in the relevant area. (or)

(b) Master’s degree holders in Engineering/Technology and Master of Science(Research) or a five year integrated Masters/ Dual Degree in Engineering/Technology.

(or)

 (c) Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology from any Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) or Master’s degree in Sciences (entry through JAM) from any IIT with an exceptionally good academic record in an eligible discipline and a minimum CGPA of 8/10 (7.5 for EWS/OBC-NCL and 7.0 for SC/ST/PwD).

(or) (d) Candidates with five-year integrated BS+MS degree from any CFTI.

For further details about eligibility conditions, how to apply and other details, the candidates should refer the Admission Notification, uploaded on the official website of IIT Tirupati.

Vinoba Bhave University Hazaribagh Announces PhD Admission Test 2022 for 22 Subjects

Vinoba Bhave University Hazaribagh, a state university in Jharkhand, has announced PhD Admission for 2022.  The University will conduct DEET (Doctoral Entrance Examination Test) 2022 on 10 November 2022.

Key Dates: The last date submission of online application is 30 October 2022. The University will conduct DEET (Doctoral Entrance Examination Test) 2021 on 10 November 2022.

Eligibility Conditions:

General/OBC: 55% Marks at the PG Level on the subject concerned.

SC/ST/PH: 55% Marks at the PG Level on the subject concerned.

List of Departments where vacant seats available:

  1. Hindi
  2. English
  3. Sanskrit
  4. Urdu
  5. Philosophy
  6. Anthropology
  7. History
  8. Political Science
  9. Economics
  10. Geography
  11. Psychology
  12. Home Science
  13. Commerce
  14. Management
  15. Botany
  16. Biotechnology
  17. Chemistry
  18. Physics
  19. Mathematics
  20. Zoology
  21. Computer Applications
  22. Geology

For eligibility criteria, how to apply and other details, candidates should visit the PhD Admission Page of Vinoba Bhave University Hazaribagh.

Goa University Announces PhD Admission September 2022 for 321 Seats

Goa University, a state university in Goa, has announced Admissions to the PhD Programe September 2022. The total number of seats are 321.

Total Number PhD Vacant Seats: The total number of tentative vacant PhD Seats are 321.

Key Dates:

Commencement of online applications  –  22 September 2022

Last Date for applying online – 08 October 2022

Conduct of Interview -18 to 19 October 2022

Application Fee: For General Category/OBC/EWS candidates, the application fee is Rs. 600/- . For SC/ST candidates, the application fee is Rs. 300/- .

Eligibility Conditions:

(a) Candidates who have qualified in the Examinations of apex bodies such as CSIR-UGC/UGCNET JRF/ lectureship, DBTJRF,SET/SLET/JEST/ICAR-NET examination of different Indian States/ GATE with a valid certificate, those having DST Inspire fellowship, or those awarded M.Phil. Degree as per the UGC guidelines.

Students who have completed M. Phil Degree by distance mode are not eligible.

(b) All the candidates who are qualified in the Goa University Ph.D. Entrance Test (GU-PET) conducted by this University held in the month of August 2021 and August 2022.

(c) Senior Citizens who are otherwise qualified but exempted from appearing at the Ph.D. Entrance Test. However, they will not be issued an Equivalence Certificate.

List of Departments with PhD Seats:

Name of Institutes/DepartmentsNo of Seats
I SHENOI GOEMBAB SCHOOL OF LANGUAGES & LITERATURE
FRENCH2
DD KOSAMBI SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES & BEHAVIOURAL STUDIES
SOCIOLOGY4
SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL & AREA STUDIES
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS2
MANOHAR PARRIKAR SCHOOL OF LAW, GOVERNANCE & PUBLIC POLICY
WOMEN’S STUDIES3
SCHOOL OF SANSKRIT, PHILOSOPHY & INDIC STUDIES
PHILOSOPHY4
SCHOOL OF PHYSICAL & APPLIED SCIENCE
PHYSICS6
ELECTRONICS11
SCHOOL OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES & BIOTECHNOLOGY
BOTANY10
ZOOLOGY11
BIOTECHNOLOGY9
MICROBIOLOGY7
SCHOOL OF CHEMICAL SCIENCES
CHEMISTRY42
BIOCHEMISTRY6
SCHOOL OF EARTH OCEAN & ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES
MARINE SCIENCE10
MARINE MICRIOBIOLOGY20
EARTH SCIENCE4
GOA BUSINESS SCHOOL
COMMERCE2
ECONOMICS2
MANAGEMENT STUDIES4
GOA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONICS3
ELECTRONIC AND TELECOMMUNICATION5
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING17
CIVIL ENGINEERING4
NATIONAL CENTRE FOR POLAR AND OCEAN RESEARCH (NCPOR)
MARINE SCIENCE12
EARTH SCIENCE2
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF OCEANOGRAPHY (NIO)
MARINE SCIENCE37
EARTH SCIENCE6
MICROBIOLOGY1
CHEMISTRY1
GOVT COLLEGE OF ARTS, SCI. & COMMERCE, KHANDOLA
RESEARCH CENTRE IN MICROBIOLOGY2
RESEARCH CENTRE IN CHEMISTRY11
RESEARCH CENTRE IN GEOGRAPHY7
SANT SOHIROBANATH AMBIYE GOVT. COLLEGE OF ARTS & COMMERCE, VIRNODA,PERNEM,GOA (RESEARCH CENTRE IN
COMMERCE5
GOVT. COLLEGE OF ARTS, SCIENCE & COMMERCE, SANQUELIM, GOA (RESEARCH CENTRE IN ECONOMICS & HINDI)
RESEARCH CENTRE IN ECONOMICS3
RESEARCH CENTRE IN HINDI5
V. M. SALGAONKAR COLLEGE OF LAW (LAW)6
GOA COLLEGE OF MUSIC, (MUSIC)4
GOA COLLEGE OF PHARMACY (PHARMACY)10
DADA VAIDY COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, PONDA, (EDUCATION)4
SYNGENTA BIOSCIENCES PVT LT. RESEARCH CENTRE (CHEMISTRY)8
PARVATIBAI CHOWGULE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCE(AUTONOMOUS), MARGAO(RESEARCH CENTRE IN GEOGRAPHY)9
Total321

For latest update, eligibility criteria, how to apply and other details, candidates should visit the official website of Goa University.

Seven State Universities Open PhD Admission 2022-23 for More Than 5,000 Seats

In India there are many State Government Universities, which are controlled by State Governments. For the academic year 2022-23, the PG and PhD Admission process has just kickstarted.

As on 03 October 2022, Six State Universities have announced PhD Admission for 2022. Aspiring students should track admission information.  The total number vacant PhD seats are expected to be mere than 5,000 seats.

 List of Universities Offering PhD Admission:

  • Goa University- 321 PhD Seats – 08 October 2022
  • Savitribai Phule Pune University- 3187 Seats – 07 October 2022 (After Extension)
  • University of Kerala- 17 October 2022
  • Punjab University-791 Seats – 08 October 2022
  • Vinoba Bhave Hazaribagh- 30 October 2022
  • Ravenshaw University Cuttack -117 PhD Seats – 20 October 2022

Goa University Announces PhD Admission September 2022 for 321 Seats

Goa, 03 October 2022: Goa University, a state university in Goa, has announced Admissions to the PhD Programe September 2022. The total number of seats are 321.

Total Number PhD Vacant Seats: The total number of tentative vacant PhD Seats are 321.

Key Dates:

Commencement of online applications  –  22 September 2022

Last Date for applying online – 08 October 2022

Conduct of Interview -18 to 19 October 2022

Application Fee: For General Category/OBC/EWS candidates, the application fee is Rs. 600/- . For SC/ST candidates, the application fee is Rs. 300/- .

Savitribai Phule Pune University Announces PhD Admission 2022 3187 Seats

Pune, 20 September 2022: Savitribai Phule Pune University, formerly University of Pune, has announced PhD Admission for 2022. The university will hold PhD Entrance Test (PET) on 06 November 2022. The PhD Programmes are available in the University’s various Departments & Recognized Research Centres.

Total Vacant Seats: The total number of vacant seats are  3,187 across 69 subjects.

Key Dates:  The application will close on 30 September 2022. The PhD Entrance Test (PET) will be held on 06 November 2022.

University of Kerala Announces PhD Entrance Examination 2022 for 60 Subjects

Thiruvananthapuram, 29 September 2022: University of Kerala, a state university in Kerala, has announced PhD Entrance Examination 2022. The PhD Admission Test is for determining eligibility for admission to Full-time/Part-time research leading to Ph D Degree.

Key Dates:

Commencement of Submission of Application – 19 September 2022, Monday

Last date of submission of Application – 17 October 2022, Monday

Date of issuance of Hall ticket through online – 05 November 2022, Saturday onwards

Date of Entrance examination – 13 November 2022, Sunday

Punjab University Announces PhD Entrance Test 2022 for 791 Seats

Chandigarh, 30 September 2022: Punjab University, Chandigarh, a Public University, has announced PhD Admission for 2022.

The Panjab University, Chandigarh will hold an Entrance Test for enrolment to Ph.D. in the Faculties of Arts, Design & Fine Arts, Engineering, Education, Languages, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Science.

Total Number of Seats: The total number of PhD seats are 791 for various university departments, research centres and its affiliated colleges.

Key Dates:

Last date for submission of information on the website to generate Login ID and Password: 12 October 2022 (Wednesday).

PhD. -2022 Entrance Test To Be Held On 05 November 2022 (Saturday)

Vinoba Bhave University Hazaribagh Announces PhD Admission Test 2022 for 22 Subjects

Hazaribagh, 02 October 2022:  Vinoba Bhave University Hazaribagh, a state university in Jharkhand, has announced PhD Admission for 2022.  The University will conduct DEET (Doctoral Entrance Examination Test) 2022 on 10 November 2022.

Key Dates: The last date submission of online application is 30 October 2022. The University will conduct DEET (Doctoral Entrance Examination Test) 2021 on 10 November 2022.

Eligibility Conditions:

General/OBC: 55% Marks at the PG Level on the subject concerned.

SC/ST/PH: 55% Marks at the PG Level on the subject concerned.

Ravenshaw University Cuttack Opens Research Eligibility Test 2022 for 117 PhD Seats

Cuttack, Odisha, 03 September 2022: Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, a state university in Odisha, has announced  Research Eligibility Test (RET) – 2022. Admission for PhD PROGRAMME (2022-2023) will be through RET 2022.

The written entrance test of RET-2022 will be of 2 hours duration consisting of MCQs of 100 marks. The questions of the Entrance Test, as far as practicable, shall consist of 50% from research methodology and 50% from the subject concerned.

Total Vacant Seats:  The total number of vacant PhD Seats are 115 in 22 Subjects.

Key Dates:

The online application has commenced from 26 August 2022

The closing date for submission of online application is 20 October 2022 11:45 P.M.

Application Cost:  Rs. 1500 (excluding bank transaction service charges)

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