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In tune with IITs, UGC may allow part-time PhD for working professionals

The provision of part-time academic research already exists abroad and should also be available in India, says UGC chief.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: July 8, 2022 12:35:12 pm
ugc part time phdProf Kumar, an alumnus of IIT Madras, who was a faculty in the department of Electrical Engineering in IIT Delhi, said part-time PhD is very common in IIT system. (Representative image)

The University Grants Commission (UGC) is exploring the possibility of allowing part-time PhD programmes for working professionals in tune with the system followed by the IITs.

UGC vice-chairman M Jagadesh Kumar said Monday that part-time PhD programmes are also offered by prestigious universities across the world.

“In part-time PhD programmes, a University faculty member supervises a PhD student, who works on his or her subject in consultation with the supervisor, but largely independently. Such part-time PhD programmes are available in some of the best universities across the globe. Why not in our Indian universities?” Prof Kumar said.

The UGC had in March notified the draft UGC (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of Ph.D. Degree) Regulations, 2022. The provision on part-time PhD programmes are likely to find a place in the regulations which are being finalised.

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Prof Kumar, an alumnus of IIT Madras who was a faculty in the department of Electrical Engineering in IIT Delhi, said part-time PhD is very common in IIT system.

“Such students have to complete the course work requirements during their first or second semester by starting on campus or if they are living in the same city where the University is located, they can attend the lectures and go back to their work without being a resident on the campus. Such part-time PhD programmes are very useful to professionals who cannot take long leave for doing PhD,” he said.

The eligibility conditions are likely to be the same for both full-time and part-time candidates, he said. However, part-time PhD aspirants will be have to produce an NOC from their organisations in order to be get enrolled for the doctoral programme.


The NOC will have to specify that “facilities in the employee’s field of research are available at the place of work and and the employee will be relieved from duty, if required, to complete course work. “

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First published on: 04-07-2022 at 11:11:48 pm

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