[MTC Global] Don’t go for PhD through ODL mode, UGC tells candidates

AURANGABAD: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has brought to the notice of students that PhD and MPhil programmes will not be allowed through open and distance learning (ODL) mode.

In a public notice, the UGC has advised students to not take admission in any PhD or MPhil programmes, if offered by the university or institution thorough distance-learning mode.

As per UGC (Minimum standards and procedure for awards of MPhil or PhD) Regulations 2016, no university or institution is allowed to offer research programmes through distance learning mode.

The apex regulatory body, at the same time, has also clarified that only Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and some state universities are allowed for research programmes and that too in non-technical programmes. Moreover, such research programmes need to be offered in full-time/part-time mode by the open universities and strictly in compliance with the aforesaid 2016 regulations, UGC secretary Jaspal Sandhu has said.

As per these regulations, part-time PhD is allowed provided all the conditions mentioned in the laid down rules are met.

A senior education department official, said, "UGC has issued a reminder in the matter of prohibition for offering research programmes through distance learning mode in the wake of possibility of some private intuitions indulged in such activities in violation of law."

"The students will be at a loss eventually, if they enrol for PhD or MPhil from unrecognised institutions. Therefore, candidates desirous of research courses must keep in mind UGC advice and choose institutions accordingly," he said, preferring anonymity.

UGC 2016 regulations in question has been debated by a section of stakeholders, including private institutions who offer education through open and distance learning mode.

Ravi Bharadwaj, legal expert in education field, said, "The UGC should end the alleged discrimination against private players in educational filed. The UGC has granted autonomy in the matter of award of research programmes only to Central and State Open Universities, excluding private stand alone institutions. It is absolutely unfair and unjust. A Government should always endeavour to provide level playing field when it comes to competition and also contribute to the nation," he said.

​Source: TOI​

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