No more constraint of publication in a journal for the doctorate. students: UGC

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has eliminated the requirement to publish research articles in peer-reviewed journals before submitting a doctoral thesis (PhD) in the new regulations for doctoral programs.

Previously, MPhil (Master of Philosophy) scholars had to present at least one research paper at a conference or seminar, while PhD students had to publish at least one research paper in a peer-reviewed journal and do two paper presentations at conferences or seminars before submitting their thesis for consideration.

“Publishing research articles in peer-reviewed journals may no longer be mandatory, but that doesn’t mean PhD students should stop doing it altogether. Focusing on high-quality research will lead to publications in good journals, even if it is This will add value when they apply for employment or post-doctoral opportunities,” said M Jagadesh Kumar, President of UGC.

“We recognize that a one-size-fits-all approach is undesirable by eliminating the mandatory publication requirement. PhD students in computer science, for example, prefer to present their papers at conferences rather than publish them in journals. I strongly urge universities to strengthen the PhD evaluation process and train researchers to publish in peer-reviewed journals, present at conferences and apply for patents where possible,” he said.

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