The University Grants Commission (UGC) has granted a six-month extension for submission of thesis to MPhil and Phd students because of closure of universities due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier, the students were granted extension till December 31. However, the same has been extended till June 30 now but the tenure of fellowship for PhD and MPhil will remain the same, 5 years.
UGC Secretary Rajnish Jain said, “Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the universities have remained closed for the past several months. Therefore, the students have not been able to conduct their research or experiments in the university laboratories, nor they were able to access library services that are critical for completion of thesis,”
The UGC had on April 29 issued guidelines on examination and academic calendar for the universities in view of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown. As per these guidelines, extension of six months was conveyed for MPhil and PhD students who were to submit their dissertation or thesis.
“In view of the above and in the larger interest of the research scholars, a further extension of six months for terminal MPhil and PhD students, who were supposed to submit their thesis by December 31, may be granted by the universities till June 30.
“Extension of six months, as mentioned above, may also be granted for submitting evidence of publication and presentation in two conferences. However, the tenure of fellowship of MPhil and PhD will be the same (5 years),” he added.
Universities were closed in March in order to contain spread of novel coronavirus.