Good News!! Direct Entry into PhD for Graduates in Engineering, Architecture & Law Skipping the Masters
Engineering, Architecture and Law graduates can soon straight away enroll for doctorate programmes skipping the Masters, provided they clear the entrance examination and interview.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) is considering changing admission rules for PhD. Engineering, Law and Architecture graduates now may be able to enrol for doctoral programs without completing their Masters degree, provided they clear an entrance exam and interview.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) is considering relaxing PhD admission rules for the students who have completed a four-year undergraduate programme in Engineering, Architecture and Law streams.
At present, to get enrolled for PhD programs, the minimum requirement for students is a Masters degree. Direct admission of undergraduate students to PhD programs is only permitted in some Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). Now, Engineering, Law and Architecture students may skip certain steps to get a doctoral degree. Students with four-year B.Sc (research) degrees may also benefit from these changes.
“The commission is in process of giving a final shape to the revised admission rules for M Phill and PhD,” official sources said.
At present, direct admission of B Tech students to PhD programs is permitted only in some of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). To get enrolled in PhD programmes offered by other higher education students, Engineering graduates are required to have a Masters degree.
For the Architecture and Law graduates also, a Masters degree is the minimum qualification for PhD programmes.
With the government gearing up to roll out four-year under-graduate integrated teacher education programme in science and humanities streams from next year, the UGC in the draft of the revised regulations has provided for exempting those to be completing the programme from minimum requirement of Masters degree for PhD.
“The candidates who have completed undergraduate courses of minimum four-years duration in Engineering, Science, Law, Architecture, Social Sciences, Humanities and others approved by the appropriate bodies,” the draft regulations for M Phill and PhD admissions, formulated by a committee of experts appointed by the UGC, stipulate.
For the students coming out of existing four-year under-graduate institutions, the draft regulations have prescribed a minimum credit threshold for PhD programmes which is “preferably equivalent to a conventional first-class.”
“All universities and institutions deemed to be universities shall admit MPhil And PhD students through a national entrance test or an entrance test conducted at the level of Individual university/institution,” it provides.
Source – Deccan Herald