UGC relaxes PhD norms for women


NEW DELHI, APRIL 12: To encourage women and the differently-abled to pursue research, UGC has relaxed norms allowing students eight years instead of present six to complete PhD and three years instead of two to complete MPhil degrees.

In addition, women candidates will also be provided maternity, child care leave for up to 240 days in the entire duration of their M.Phil or Ph.D degrees.

HRD Minister Smriti Irani, who announced the relaxation of norms by UGC at a press conference here, said the Government aims to boost the entry of women and the differently-abled in the fields of research.