(News) Only regular faculty members of universities can be PhD supervisors

Only regular faculty members of universities can be PhD supervisors

The University Grants Commission (UGC) in a recent directive has urged universities not engage retired teachers of universities and postgraduate colleges, visiting and guest faculty members to supervise MPhil and PhD scholars. Further, the UGC has clarified that only regular faculty members of universities can be PhD supervisors.

A letter sent by UGC Secretary Jaspal Singh Sandhu states, “It has come to the notice of the UGC that some universities are hiring services of supervisors who do not happen to be regular faculty members of the university or its affiliated postgraduate colleges.”

Failing to do so would amount to a violation of the UGC’s Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of MPhil/PhD Regulations that was issued in 2009. “In case of any violation of the prescribed rules by the university, action against the university will be taken as per the UGC Act, 1956 and the name of the university will be put in the defaulters list on the UGC website,” Sandhu cautions.

The letter clearly states, “The universities shall allocate the supervisor from amongst the regular faculty members in a department or its affiliated PG colleges/institutes, depending on the number of students per faculty member, the available specialisation among the faculty supervisors and the research interests of the students.”

The universities are in a quandary given that many of them have engaged retired teachers to guide PhD candidates. The directive is being opposed by regular faculty members of universities who feel that apart from their competence is being compromised, retired faculty do not have the same allegiance to universities, accountability or the talent to guide PhD and MPhil scholars.

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Courtesy: EDU