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09 May 2018

PhD from open-university at par with regular university degree: SC

SC decides on PhD from open/regular universities

Bringing relief to many, the SC has ruled that a doctorate (PhD) issued by an open university in India should be treated as par with that issued by a formal conventional university.

With this, it has overturned a Calcutta HC verdict which ruled otherwise.

For the verdict, the SC referred to University Grants Commission (UGC) communication to universities in the past.

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SC decides on PhD from open/regular universities
What exactly is a PhD?


What exactly is a PhD?

In most cases, individuals can do a Doctor of Philosophy- PhD- after completing their Masters, especially in Arts subjects.

Some institutes, particularly those specializing in Science (like IIT), allow Bachelor degree holders to do a PhD too, provided they fulfil certain conditions, like qualifying the GATE exam.

At the end of the five/seven-year course, the candidate is expected to submit a thesis.


What did the Calcutta HC decide?

The Calcutta HC was hearing a petition on whether a PhD awarded by an open university under the Netaji Subhash Open University Act, 1997, should be treated differently than one awarded by a regular university.

This was in context of appointment of principal/lecturer/reader in non-government colleges, where PhD is mandatory.

The HC had held the degree awarded by a regular university superior.

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SC overturns order, holds both degrees at par


SC overturns order, holds both degrees at par

Setting aside the HC's order, the SC bench comprising Justices SA Bobde and LN Rao referred to a 2009 judgement in an Annamalai University case, wherein it had reached a similar conclusion.

It noted that the UGC has in the past urged universities to treat the two kinds of degrees similarly.

Considering both, the SC ruled the two degrees are equivalent.


Only regular-mode PhD programs to be recognized: UGC

According to the UGC's March'17 notification, PhDs granted through distance education aren't recognized.

Only those attending full-time or part-time courses will be eligible for recognized degrees, especially during the appointment of academic staff in universities.

Though most universities offer such regular-mode PhD programs only, some like Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU) offer distance courses.

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Is M.Ed available from such colleges. Is M.Ed available from distance education.

Asked on 10-05-2018 by shaik begum

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M.Ed is offered by IGNOU since January 2009. It comprises 17 courses (dissertation being equal to two courses). Admission to the M.Ed. the programme is made through entrance test conducted at all India level. Eligibility for this course is B.Ed.(55% marks) with 2 years experience. For more details of the programme, please check this link.

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Kanpur University is not opening Ph.D. forms right now. What should I do?

Asked on 09-05-2018 by Neetu Gupta

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University invites applications for the (M.Phil and Ph.D) research courses in which interested candidates can get admission through Common Entrance Test i.e. CET conducted by the university. You can check for the admission forms for various courses here. For more queries, you can contact the university, here is the link.

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