University Grants Commission (UGC) has stated vide a circular that the degrees approved for Doctorate in the field of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs commenced and to be completed by distance learning education will not have any recognition. Vide the circular it is further clarified that only part-time and or full-time programs will be recognized and treated as degrees.
Circular dated March 17 states that ‘The UGC rules on minimum qualifications for
appointment of teachers and other university staff in universities has recently
been updated and according to these alterations, only regular mode of Ph.D.
will be recognized.’
The modified copy of the UGC Regulations on Minimum Qualifications for Appointment
of Teachers and other Academic Staff in colleges and Universities and the
Measures for the Maintenance of Standards in Higher Education, 2010, has been
reported in the Gazette of India on July 11, 2016.
Though, the commission had received quite a few queries from colleges across the
country on the accurate definition of “regular mode”, to which the UGC has
without a doubt stated that only those Ph.D. pursued through full-time or
part-time programs will be recognized. Taking it a stride further, an
additional circular by University Grants Commission is at present asking
universities and colleges to upload information on Ph.D.s received by their staff
or students on their respective websites and they have to specially mention of
the mode in which the degree was followed. In addition, Colleges have been
asked to allocate this information with the University Grant Commission at the
earliest. Whereas most of the registered universities offer only part-time or
full-time Ph.D. programs but certain open universities like Yashwantrao Chavan
Maharashtra Open Universities (YCMOU) and Indira Gandhi National Open
University (IGNOU) do proffer the degree in distance learning mode.
M A Khan, the registrar, MU stated that ‘Most universities, together with MU, do not
offer Ph.D. in distance mode. We only permit full-time research students
(without or with scholarship) or those who work on it part-time, but certainly never
a distance program.’