New Delhi: According to the new sets of draft regulations uploaded by University Grants Commission (UGC) in its website, getting admission to PhD will be difficult. The draft regulation has suggested that the institutions which come under 'Category III Institution', would enroll candidates who have qualified the NET or SLET or SET examinations for their PhD courses only. Regarding the amendments, the public and stakeholders can provide feedback till June 15.
National Eligibility Test (NET) is the national level test to determine eligibility for college and university level lectureship and for award of Junior Research Fellowship for Indian nationals, while States Eligibility Test (SET) is a state level test accredited by UGC for eligibility for Assistant Professors.
According to UGC, a Category I University is 'if it has been accredited by NAAC with score of 3.5 or above or if it has achieved a ranking in the top 50 institutions of the NIRF ranking in the category of universities for 2 years continuously.'
Category II University is 'if it has been accredited by NAAC with score between 3.01 and 3.49 or if it has achieved a ranking from 51 to 100 in the NIRF ranking in the category of universities for 2 years continuously.'
Category III University is if it does not come either under the Category I or Category II as mentioned above and the new regulation mandates that only those candidates would be eligible for enrolling to PhD course into Category-III institutions who have qualified the NET, SET or SLET examinations.
Feedback on UGC draft regulations
The Regulations/Guidelines/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 on the draft documents to the commission by email on email@example.com on or before June 15, 2017.
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