[AI] FYI: No ‘outsourcing’ of PhD, UGC tells VCs

avinash shahi shahi88avinash at gmail.com
Wed Jul 8 00:20:50 PDT 2015

Sunit Dhawan

Tribune News Service

Rohtak, July 7
 The University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed the Vice
Chancellors of all universities across the country to ensure that the
research supervisors for guiding MPhil/PhD students are allocated from
amongst the regular faculty members at the university teaching
department or its affiliated PG colleges/institutes.
“It has come to the notice of the UGC that some universities are
hiring the services of the supervisors who do not happen to be regular
teachers of those universities or their affiliated PG
colleges/institutes for awarding MPhil/PhD degrees. This practice is
in violation of the UGC (minimum standards and procedure for awarding
MPhil/PhD) Regulations, 2009,” maintains a UGC communiqué.
 The communiqué, shot off on July 6 by Dr Jaspal S Sandhu, UGC
Secretary, clarifies that any PhD/MPhil degree awarded by a university
under the supervision of a supervisor who is not a faculty member of
the university or its affiliated PG colleges/institutes would be in
violation of the UGC Regulations. It warns the Vice
Chancellors/officials concerned that any violation of the regulations
would be dealt with seriously.
 The step comes after a representation on the “outsourcing of PhDs”
submitted to the UGC authorities by Prof SPS Dahiya, head of the
department of English and foreign languages at MDU here. “I am
grateful to the UGC authorities for issuing the clarification in the
larger academic interest,” said Prof Dahiya, who had also moved the
Supreme Court regarding the matter.
 Dr Raj Kumar, president of the Haryana Federation of University and
College Teachers Organisations (HFUCTO), has also welcomed the UGC
 Dr Raj Kumar had also submitted a representation to the UGC
authorities in this regard in 2013, pointing out how many private
universities across the country were flouting the UGC regulations by
allowing a researcher to work for his PhD at any university/institute
across the country under the

Avinash Shahi
Doctoral student at Centre for Law and Governance JNU

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