Acting on suggestions made by HRD minister Smriti Irani last week, the University Grants Commission (UGC) on Tuesday decided to relax criteria for women and disabled candidates pursuing MPhil and PhD degrees.

All the women including more than 40 percent disability candidates will be given extra one year to complete their Master of Philosophy (MPhil) papers and a extra two years will be given to students pursuing PhD.

Moreover, to give more benefits for married women who are pursuing these two courses will be given maternity leave and child care leave for up to 240 days.

In addition, all the students who are registered to M Phil/ PhD before June 11, 2009 will now get award of degrees that will be governed under the previous laws and regulations.

Also, these students will be exempted from the minimum eligibility criteria of National Eligibility Criteria (NET) or state level eligibility criteria including all the candidates applying for the post of assistant professor or equivalent post.

The entire women scholar, who needs to relocate because of marriage, will be allowed to transfer the research data to the university where she wants to shift.

Now, under the new recommendations, it would be mandatory for all scholars to give credit to her parent and institution in their previous research.

Source: Times of India