Direct Entry to PhD – The students who have graduated from streams like Architecture, Law and Engineering would be able to get direct admission into PhD courses soon. Once they are able to clear the required entrance exam, they would be able to secure admission even if they do not possess Masters Degree.
Currently the University Grants Panel (UGC) is currently considering relaxing the rules of PhD for those students who have completed a four year Undergraduate programs in the previously mentioned streams. Later on those students who have graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degrees whose duration is of four years, will also benefit from this rule once it comes into existence.
The Higher Education regulated plans to implement this rule soon. In a draft of revised regulations, the UGC is planning to exempt those students who will be completing their programmes that requires minimum requirement of possessing a Masters degree in order to enroll for the PhD programme.
Earlier the Union Government had announced its plans of rolling out an integrated teaching course whose duration would be of four years from the upcoming academic year. As of now these courses will fall under Science and Humanities stream.
As of now, few Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have regulations for allowing candidates to enroll for PhD programmes directly after they complete their respective B.Tech. degrees. However, if a candidate wishes to get PhD from other Higher Educational Institutes, he needs to have a Masters degree.