The University Grants Commission (UGC) issued a warning on December 27 to the universities in the country to stop admitting students for the MPhil course of the 2023-24 session, stating that it is not a recognised degree.
UGC Secretary Manish Joshi also cautioned students against enrolling in any MPhil programme offered by universities in India.
“UGC has noticed that some universities are inviting new applications for the MPhil (Master of Philosophy) programme. In this regard, UGC wants to inform that the MPhil degree is not a recognized degree.,” UGC Secretary Manish Joshi was quoted by news agency PTI as saying.
“According to the Regulation No. 14 of the UGC (Minimum Standards and Procedures for Award of PhD. Degree) Regulations, 2022, higher educational institutions are not allowed to offer any MPhil programme,” Joshi said, adding, “Students are advised to avoid taking admission in any MPhil programme.”
140 private universities Many new types of universities are emerging across the country and some of them offer courses that are not recognised by the UGC. On December 24, the Ministry of Education revealed that up to 140 private universities had been set up across the country in the last five years, with Gujarat being the top state, followed by Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh.
As per the Ministry of Education data, 28 private universities have been set up in Gujarat in the last five years while 15 universities were established in Maharashtra.
Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka saw 14 and 10 universities respectively during the period.
“A private university is set up by an Act passed by the relevant state legislature and Notification issued by the relevant state government,” a senior education ministry official said.
“The name of a private university is added to the list of universities by the University Grants Commission (UGC) as per Section 2(f) of the UGC Act, 1956, after receiving the copies of the Act and notification from the university,” he said.