December 5, 2022

It’s not necessary to publish in journals before the verdict UGC PhD thesis.


The University Grants Commission (UGC) has scrapped the mandatory requirement of getting research papers published in peer-reviewed journals before the final submission of a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) thesis. So far, it was mandatory for M.Phil scholars to present at least one research paper in a conference or seminar.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has scrapped the mandatory publication requirement for doctoral scholars in computer science. But it does not mean they should stop publishing research papers in peer-reviewed journals, an official said. The higher education regulator said the “one-size-fits-all” approach is not desirable.

It has recommended that research published in “predatory” journals should not be considered for academic credit. The commission has also dropped its plan to make universities and colleges reserve at least 60 per cent of their annual intake of doctoral candidates for NET or JRF qualified students. Under the revised regulations, those joining PhD programmes can do so after a one-year master’s degree. Candidates who have completed M.Phil programmes with at least 55 per cent marks in aggregate also figure in the eligibility criteria.

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