New sets of draft regulation have been uploaded by the UGC on its official website and according to them, getting admission into PhD now has become quite difficult. According to the new rules institutions which come under category III will only be able to enroll the candidates who have cleared the NET or SLET or SET exam for the PhD courses.
The rules are open and public and stakeholders can provide their comments on the same till June 15.
What is a category I university?
According to the UGC, a category one university is "if it has been accredited by NAAC with score of 3.5 or above or if it has achieved a ranking in the top 50 institutions of the NIRF ranking in the category of universities for 2 years continuously".
What is a category II university?
Category II University is "if it has been accredited by NAAC with score between 3.01 and 3.49 or if it has achieved a ranking from 51 to 100 in the NIRF ranking in the category of universities for 2 years continuously".
What is a category III university?
According to the UGC, Category III University is "if it does not come either under the Category I or Category II as mentioned above and the new regulation mandates that only those candidates would be eligible for enrolling to PhD course into
Category-III institutions who have qualified the NET, SET or SLET examinations."