New University Grants Commission regulations make it impossible to pursue PhD in category III institutions for students who fail to qualify National Eligibility Test (NET), State Eligibility Test (SET) or State Level Eligibility Test (SLET) in most of the universities.
The University Grants Commission on Friday uploaded on its website the University Grants Commission (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Awards of M.Phil/ Ph.D Degree) first amendment, regulations 2017 for which public and stakeholders can provide feedback till June 15.
The draft regulation and guideline suggests (1A 3.0)
“Provided that for an Institution which is a Category III Institution, only those candidates would be eligible for enrolling to a PhD course who have qualified the NET/SLET/SET examinations. Provided further that NET/SLET/SET shall not be required for such programmes where the accredited NET/SLET/SET are not conducted. ”
“Provided further that for the purpose of admission to Ph.D programmes in a college, the category applicable to the college shall be the same as the category of the University to which it is affiliated.”
Here is the UGC guideline – http://www.ugc.ac.in/pdfnews/9837591_Public-Notice-regarding-draft-Regulations-and-Guidelines.pdf
What is category III institutions ?
UGC Framework for Categorization of Universities for Grant of Graded Autonomy
3.1 The Commission shall categorize Universities into following three categories Category I, Category II and Category III based on the parameters as laid down in subclauses (i), (ii) and (iii) below.
(i) Category I University:
A University would be in Category I if a. it has been accredited by NAAC with score of 3.5 or above or b. if it has achieved a ranking in the top 50 institutions of the NIRF ranking in the category of universities for 2 years continuously
(ii) Category II University:
A University would be in Category II if a. it has been accredited by NAAC with score between 3.01 and 3.49 or b. if it has achieved a ranking from 51 to 100 in the NIRF ranking in the category of universities for 2 years continuously
(iii) Category III University: A University would be in Category III if it does not come either under the Category I or Category II.
The above Regulations/Guidelines/Amendment are attached alongwith for seeking feedback/comments from general public/stakeholders. lt is requested to send your feedback/comments on the above draft documents to UGC by email on email@example.com on or before 15th June,2017.