In a move which restricts the number of research scholars a supervisor can guide, the University of Madras today adopted the University Grants Commission regulations which notified the same, reports NDTV. As per the notification, a Research Supervisor who is a Professor cannot guide more than three M.Phil and eight Ph.D. research scholars at any given point in time. An associate Professor can guide two M.Phil scholars and six Ph. D research scholar at any given time. The Assistant Professor can guide one M.Phil research scholar and four Ph.D. research scholars at any given time.
The notice also mentioned relaxation of marks for students under various categories. The notice said, “A relaxation of 5% of marks from 55% to 50%, or an equivalent relaxation of grade, may be allowed for those belonging to SC / ST / OBC (non-creamy layer) / differently-abled, Visually Challenged and other categories of candidates as per the decision of the Commission from time to time.” The notice also said, “All the Research Supervisors of the University of Madras should strictly adhere the above guidelines from 29.01.2018 onwards.”
Last year, there were protests in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) after the varsity administration decided to put in place the UGC 2016 notification. The UGC last year in May 2016 passed a Regulation which has become controversial and its impact has been perceived on the researcher’s freedom to craft research areas as well as for undermining the autonomy of the universities.
The University Grants Commission of India is a statutory body set up by the Indian Union government in accordance to the UGC Act 1956 under Ministry of Human Resource Development and is charged with coordination, determination and maintenance of standards of higher education.