Delhi University (DU) will start conducting interviews for MPhil and PhD admissions with 5% relaxation in qualifying marks. 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. However, the new norms turned out to be a bane to many aspirants, as none of the students from reserved categories cleared entrance exam and qualified for interview. Therefore, the varsity decided to grant 5% relaxation in qualifying marks. The relaxation in marks will be applicable for both reserved and general category candidates.
In a notice on Monday, September 10, 2018, the university asked the departments to start conducting interviews for all categories following a directive from the UGC on August 27, 2018.
New UGC Rules Regarding M.Phil and Ph.D Admissions
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.
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.