Panjab University has amended its admission criteria for those seeking admission in PhD programmes. The PhD admission criterion might come as a welcome change by many as it has now been decided to exempt approved permanent teachers of Panjab University and other colleges affiliated to it with a two-year experience from entrance tests to the programme.
While the admission for others will still be taking on the basis of the entrance test, some might be relieved. Also, aspirants who had taken admission in PU’s MPhil course on the basis of the Joint Entrance Test will now be deemed eligible for the PhD programme within two years of declaration of the results for the master’s course.
These new amendments have been made under the wake of the University Grants Commissions‘ recommendation GC recommendations for awarding MPhil/PhD degree regulation, 2009.
Earlier, only candidates who had qualified UGC-NET/CSIR (JRF) examination/SLET/ GATE/teacher fellowship holders/direct awardee of fellowship by DST (INSPIRE), ICMR or any other national agency were exempted from the entrance examination.
Making an exception, PU has decided to leave the decision of admitting a candidate who does not have a fellowship but has cleared the SLET/PhD entrance test to departments/ institutes such as engineering and science, citing the cost of laboratory work involved.