NET Qualification Essential for PhD Admissions: UGC Proposes a Draft

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The UGC uploaded new draft regulations on its website according to which, admission to PhD will now be difficult. According to University Grants Commission (UGC), The draft regulation has suggested that the institutions which come under ‘Category III Institution‘ would enrol candidates who have qualified the NET making NET qualification essential for PhD Admissions.

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Furthermore, the amendment to UGC Regulations is under proposal stage, public and stakeholders can provide feedback as per the details below.

What are Different Categories of University as per new draft regulations?

Category I:

As per UGC, Category I University is “if it has been accredited by NAAC with the score of 3.5 or above. Also, if it has achieved a ranking in the top 50 institutions of the NIRF in the category of universities for 2 years continuously”.

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Category II:

According to UGC, Category II University is “if it has been accredited by NAAC with the score between 3.01 and 3.49. Also, if it has achieved a ranking from 51 to 100 in the NIRF ranking in the category of universities for 2 years continuously” i.e for category 3 only NET qualification essential for PhD. Furthermore,

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Category III:

Category III University is if it does not come either under the Category I or Category II as mentioned above.

NET qualification essential for PhD

As per Draft of 1st Amendment of PhD Regulations 2017 uploaded on the UGC website, for Category III universities. In accordance with the new regulations on Graded Autonomy, candidates will have to qualify NET/SLET/SET examinations to get admission to PhD courses making NET qualification essential for PhD. This new provision in the PhD Regulations will not be applicable to Category II and Category I universities.

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NET is an examination to determine eligibility for college and university-level lectureship and for an award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF). Whereas UGC accredits SET i.e state-level test for eligibility of assistant professors.

Feedback on UGC draft regulations:

The Guidelines/Regulations/Amendment uploaded by UGC for seeking feedback/comments from general public/stakeholders is available in the official website’s notices section. UGC asked the stakeholders to send feedback/comments to the commission by email on [email protected] before June 15, 2017.

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