MPhil Is Not A Recognised Degree, UGC Warns Students

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has released a cautionary notification alerting students about certain universities still offering admissions to MPhil courses, even though the MPhil degree is no longer recognised. Despite the previous cancellation of this course by the university body, some institutions continue to invite fresh applications for MPhil programs.

In an official notification, the University Grants Commission said, “It has come to the notice of the UGC that a few universities are inviting fresh applications for MPhil (Master of Philosophy) programme. In this regard, it is to bring to the notice that the MPhil degree is not a recognised degree. The Regulation No 14 of the UGC (Minimum Standards and Procedures for Award of PhD Degree) Regulations 2022 clearly states that Higher Educational Institutions shall not offer MPhil programme.”

“In this regard, it is informed that the UGC has framed University Grants Commission (Minimum Standards and Procedures for Award of PhD Degree) Regulations,2022 which has been published in the Gazette of India on 7th November, 2022. The Universities authorities, therefore, are requested to take immediate steps to stop admissions to MPhil programme for the 2023-24 academic year. Further, students are advised not to take admission in MPhil Programme,” notification from the University body added.