IIM Ahmedabad has decided to oppose and challenge the recent government's clarification on new eligibility criteria for Ph.D. courses. The HRD Ministry communicated to IIM Directors that IIMs will have to follow the IIT-like model for granting direct admission to eligible graduates in Ph.D. courses. The eligibility criteria were finalised by AICTE and UGC. According to IIM Ahmedabad, the eligibility criteria prescribed by HRD Ministry is rigid, and the same is not in tune with the admission process and methodology followed for FPM courses so far. Therefore, IIM Ahmedabad has decided to take up the matter with the HRD Ministry, and recommend minimal to no changes in the existing FPM eligibility criteria.
Human Resource Development Ministry (HRD) has approved the option of allowing IIMs or Indian Institutes of Management to directly admitting its students to the Ph.D. programmes after they have completed a four-year bachelor’s degree or professional courses. UGC and AICTE have been assigned the responsibility of finalising the guidelines for direct Ph.D admissions in IIMs.
According to sources, students who have completed four-year-graduation with an outstanding CGPA of 8 may be directly admitted to PhD by the IIMs (Indian Institutes of Management). The proposal regarding the same has been finalised, and guidelines regarding direct Ph.D. admissions will be conveyed to IIMs soon.
Students enroled in Ph.D courses at IIMs will have to complete the course in less than 3 to 5 years. More details regarding the same will be confirmed soon.
IIMs proposed a two-year timeframe for the completion of Ph.D courses. However, the ministry refused the proposal, as doctoral courses could not be completed in less than three years.
A number of IIMS officials have raised the issues with the government and IIM Bangalore has also made a proposal regarding the same to allow the business schools to admit students directly to the Ph.D. programmes after their bachelor’s degree just like the IITs in the country.
G Raghuram, Director, IIM Bangalore, said that the institute has sent a proposal to the HRD Ministry to allow direct admissions of students to the Ph.D. programme once they have completed their four-year bachelor degree or have done CS/CA/ICAI. He further informed that the institution admits such students to the fellow programme but are unable to provide them with a Ph.D. degree. According to him, the IIM Act will allow them to grant the degree. The new IIM Act will benefit all the 20 IIMs in the country.
According to a senior HRD official, the IIMs raised the issue in the light of the Ph.D. programmes conducted by IIT. Therefore, IIMs too have been allowed to award Ph.D. degrees under the IIM Act, 2017.
IIT Delhi provides a minimum three years period to Ph.D. scholars for having a degree other than a master’s or equivalent degree. Students who have pursued a four-year graduation degree will be provided with a minimum duration of three years.
According to HRD, the minimum eligibility criteria for awarding a Ph.D. degree is a masters degree/postgraduate diploma of two years or a professional qualification of CS/CA/ICWA. In such cases, the minimum course duration will be two years or four semesters. Whereas in the four bachelor’s degree or more, the minimum duration will be three years or six semesters.
The IIM Bill 2017 came into effect from 31st January 2018. The IIM Bill empowers all the 20 IIMs to grant diplomas, degree and other academic titles and award fellowships, scholarships, medals and other such distinctions.