The University of Delhi has adopted the new norms for the admission to M.Phil and Ph.D. courses for the academic session 2018-19. As the new UGC norms are strict, Delhi University might not fill all the seats in M.Phil and Ph.D. courses.
As per the new UGC rules, the applicants of M.Phil/ Ph.D. must have at least 50% marks in the entrance test to be eligible for the interview. The new eligibility norms are applicable to general and reserved categories. Surprisingly, none of the students from SC, ST and OBC categories has qualified for the interview in some branches of M.Phil and Ph.D. this year.
The UGC rolled out the above rule in 2016, and the Academic & Executive Council of Delhi University approved the same in 2017. The varsity has implemented the new UGC rules for M.Phil and Ph.D. courses for the academic session 2018-19.
The Department of Modern Indian Languages and Comparative Literature offers 22 seats in Ph.D. in Modern Indian Languages and Literary Studies under general category. Out of 22 seats, nine seats are reserved for candidates who have cleared NET and JRF. The remaining 16 seats will be offered to those who cleared the entrance test. This year, 106 students appeared for the entrance test in this branch, and only eight candidates have managed to clear the entrance test. No candidate from reserved category cleared the entrance test.
The other departments of DU are also facing the similar issue where the number of qualified candidates in the entrance test is less than the total number of seats. No candidate from SC and ST categories cleared Ph.D. entrance test in History, African Studies, Botany and Psychology.
The scenario clearly reveals that the new UGC rules for M.Phil and Ph.D. courses are a bane to reserved category students. A section of students has been protesting on the new UGC rules and demanding the varsity to withdraw the same.
Due to the chaos in the admission process and confusion over the reservation policies for the admission to M.Phil and Ph.D courses, the University of Delhi has postponed the interviews for these courses until further notice.
On August 12, 2018, DU officials indicated that they took up the issue with UGC and waiting for the final confirmation. Until UGC gives clarity on new rules, the interview process for M.Phil and Ph.D courses will not be conducted.