The Supreme Court has held that a PhD Degree issued by an Open University and that issued by a formal conventional university must be treated at par. For all students and scholars from Open Universities this is good news for the future.
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There had been legal debates over a period of time whether a Ph.D degree conferred by a regular University ought to be treated differently for the purpose of appointment for the post of Principal/Lecture/Reader etc., in the non-government colleges where such Ph.D. degree is an essential qualification.
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The court observed: “In view of the observations in the case of Annamalai University (supra) and the above directive, we are of the view that as a consequence, Ph.D. degree issued by an Open University and another Ph.D. degree issued by a formal conv. conventional university must, therefore, be treated at par having been so issued under the uniform standards prescribed by University Grants Commission Act.”… (Report)
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