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DUTA writes to UGC against the rules passed for students who completed their PhD before July 11, 2009.

  25-Jul-2019  |   Post By: Ph.D.online

New Delhi: Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) has written to the chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC), DP Singh, against the five requirements laid down by the commission for promotion and granting of benefits to those individuals who have completed their PhD before July 11, 2009.

On December 7, UGC issued a circular stating that the commission has approved that the compounded advance increments to PhD holders shall be admissible along with benefits of number of years, if the conditions are met.

The conditions required are that the PhD must be awarded in regular mode, evaluation of thesis by at least two external examiners, open PhD viva voce, two research papers published from the candidate’s PhD work and at least two presentations made by the candidate in conferences and seminars. This has to be certified by either the vice-chancellor, pro VC or dean of academic affairs or university.

Reacting against this, DUTA, in a statement, said, “This public notice requires teachers to fulfill these conditions retrospectively, which is patently illegal. It’s important to recognise that universities have granted PhDs as per ordinances amended from time to time by their respective statutory bodies and as per UGC regulations. Hence, it is illogical to impose a regulation which is retrospective in its application, and can cause tremendous hardship to teachers.”

DUTA demanded withdrawal of the public notice. The teachers say that a huge amount of recoveries will be initiated and implemented, causing a financial burden for them.

Source: www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com