University Grants Commission UGC has taken the decision to scrap the existing norm of interviews or viva voice as the sole criterion for admission to Ph.D and M.Phil admission (Regulations 2016). The UGC has now decided to bring in a written test for selection. According to the new amendment the final selection will be based on 70% weighteage of performance in the written test and 30% for oral interview, as per a report by The Indian Express,
Also, under UGC’s new rules, SC, ST and OBC students will be granted 5% relaxation in the minimum marks score in the written test. The reserved category candidates will have to score 45% marks to qualify for interview or viva voce while the general category candidates will required to score 50% marks to qualify.
On the other hand, the University Grants Commission has also approved the regulation for online courses. University and Higher education Institutions will now be able to offer various Graduate, Postgraduate and Diploma course online. Prakesh Javedekar the Union HRD Minister has shared the news via Twitter – “Today’s decision will help top rated institutions to offer certificate, diploma & degree programs in full-fledged online mode in only those disciplines in which it has already been offering the same or similar programs or courses at graduation level in regular mode.
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