UGC sets up panel to review norms for MPhil/PhD guides

Manasi Saraf Joshi
Tuesday, 8 January 2019

UGC Vice-Chairman Bhushan Patwardhan said, “The very norm that a teacher cannot mentor a student after superannuation was unreasonable. Thus, we have set up a four-member committee headed by P Balaram, biochemist and former director of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. The committee is expected to submit its report in two months’ time,” said Patwardhan.

Pune: Taking a step further to bring universality in the field of education, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has set up a four-member committee to look into various norms meant for a guide mentoring a MPhil or PhD student. Among the norms, along with the age of the guide, functionality and expertise are also likely to be considered.Interestingly, as per a 2016 UGC regulation, a guide cannot mentor a student after service on his/her superannuation. The superannuation for a college/university teacher ranges from 58 to 60 years. 
 
UGC Vice-Chairman Bhushan Patwardhan said, “The very norm that a teacher cannot mentor a student after superannuation was unreasonable. Thus, we have set up a four-member committee headed by P Balaram, biochemist and former director of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. The committee is expected to submit its report in two months’ time,” said Patwardhan.

He said, “Nowhere in the world, does a person cease to mentor doctoral students only because s/he has retired. Thus, it was not reasonable.” Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) Assistant Registrar (Academics) Sunil Atre said, “Long ago, the  SPPU had the tradition where a teacher could continue to guide till the age of 70 years.” 
 
“Despite the University Grants Commission regulation,  the university can issue a legislation and amend it. But the varsity decided to go with the 2016 regulation,” he said. 

Patwardhan said, “When I was at SPPU, I headed a committee where there was no age limit for the appointment of emeritus professor. I think the same should be applicable in this case. SPPU being in Category 1, within the framework can work on the regulation.”

Conditions governing the MPhil/PhD Research Guideship at SPPU

  • If an applicant is awarded recognition as a Research Guide, the recognition letter for the guideship will be issued up to his/ her attaining the age of 60 years or till he/she is a regular faculty in the University Department /Affiliated College/ Recognised Institute/ Recognised Research Institute from which he/ she had made an application for the guideship.
  • MPhil Guideship is co-terminus with the PhD guideship.
  • Applicant shall not be eligible for making fresh application for post-graduate teacher. MPhil guide (by papers/research) / PhD guide, if he/she has attained the age of 60 years at the time of making application.
  • It is essential to take a co-guide (should be approved Research Guide of SPPU) in case of those MPhil/PhD Research Guides; whose length of service as a ‘Regular Faculty’ is not more than two years.
  • No fresh MPhil/PhD ‘Research Students’ should be registered with MPhil/PhD Research Guides whose length of service as a ‘Regular Faculty’ is not more than two years.

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