Amend PhD rules to help SC, ST, OBC candidates: Students’ Union UGC

All India OBC Students Association (AIOBCSA) in a letter has said that 100 percent weightage in interview for NET/JRF qualified candidates will create problem for SC, ST, OBC, EWS and PWD students. University Grants Commission (UGC), He said that marks obtained in UGC NET/JRF should be given weightage for final selection along with interview marks.

“The use of those not found suitable in the interview (NFS) should be restricted in both the NET/JRF and entrance test categories despite the required number of applications in the respective categories,” the association said.

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AIOBCSA in its letter raised concerns about the draft University Grants Commission (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of PhD Degree) Regulations, 2022. “The UGC guidelines should address and act on all kinds of injustice being done to marginalized and poor students. Equitable and inclusive educational institutions,” AIOBCSA said in the letter.

Filling up of reserved seats with other reserved or unreserved candidates will significantly impact the prospects of marginalized sections, reads the letter. “The incomplete reserved vacancy should be filled in the next PhD admission session or in a special drive,” it said.

He further added that in many universities, the reserved candidates are getting very less marks in the interview even after getting good marks in the written examination. The marks of the written test should not be disclosed in front of the interview panel. If there are huge differences then the issues should be addressed in the SC, ST, OBC, EWS and PWD Grievance Cell.

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The universities should declare the marks obtained by the students in the entrance test and interview in the public domain. Non-disclosure of the results in the public domain would raise many doubts about the transparency and accountability of the admission process, the letter said.

The Students’ Union has highlighted that one MPhil program was discontinued from the previous academic year and requested the Commission to increase the number of PhD scholars allotted to Professor, Associate Professor and Assistant Professor to 10, 8 and 6 respectively Was.

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