UGC: 4-year undergraduate degree holders can now pursue PhD! Details Inside

Are you waiting for the completion of your master’s degree, in order to enter in a PhD program? If so, then there is good news for you! According to the new regulations on the award of PhD degree finalised by the University Grants Commission (UGC), students with a minimum CGPA score of 7.5/10 in the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) will now be eligible for PhD admissions, without having to complete a master’s programme.

This decision has been taken with the view to arresting the trend of publishing in predatory journals and the new regulations recommend either patenting or publishing in peer-reviewed or refereed journals only.

It is worth noting that the University Grants Commission (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of PhD degree) Regulations 2022 are likely to be announced by the end of June and set to come into effect from the forthcoming 2022-23 academic session.

About the new regulation

Giving impetus to FYUP (four-year undergraduate programme) introduced under the new National Education Policy (NEP); the draft UGC (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of PhD Degree) Regulations, 2022, was approved during the 556th commission meeting which was conducted on 10th March 2022. The introduction of FYUP came as the backdrop after the discontinuation of the MPhil degree under NEP 2020.

As per the new criteria, universities and colleges will now provide 4-year undergraduate degrees with multiple exits and entry options. On completion of a four-year degree programme, students will receive honours with a research undergraduate degree. Candidates having a four-year bachelor’s degree with research with a minimum 7.5 CGPA will be eligible for admission to PhD programmes, as per the UGC’s new proposed norms. The students will also be offered a relaxation of 0.5 CGPA score on a scale of 10 for candidates from SC/ST/OBC/differently-abled as well as economically weaker sections.

UGC Chairperson M Jagadesh Kumar said, “Encouraging four-year undergraduate students with a research bent of mind to do PhD is important to improve the research ecosystem in our HEIs. That is why we are permitting four-year UG students who have a CGPA of 7.5/10 or above to be eligible for PhD admission. Those who have a CGPA of less than 7.5, will have to do a one-year Master’s degree to be eligible.”

According to the new regulations, 40% of the vacant seats can be filled through university-level tests. Two modes of admissions are suggested – 100% based on national level entrance tests or 60-40 split based on national level entrance tests and university level or state-level entrance tests. If the total vacant seats are filled by the candidates qualifying in the national level entrance tests (conducted by UGC, CSIR, ICMR, ICAR, etc), the selection of such candidates will be based on a merit list with 100% weightage from the interview/ viva conducted by the higher education institutions.

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