The University Grants Commission (UGC) has announced the extension of the deadline for MPhil and PhD thesis submission for scholars by six months. The fresh extension which has been granted will enable MPhil (Master of Philosophy) and PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) candidates to submit their thesis by December 31, 2021.
The UGC notification undersigned by its secretary Rajnish Jain read, “Considering a large number of requests and also keeping in view the larger interest of the research scholars, the extension given for submission of M.Phil/Ph.D thesis till 31st December, 2021 shall also be applicable to all such students whose due date of submission of M.Phil/Ph.D thesis is on or before 31.12.2021”
The tenure of fellowship will remain up to five years only. The UGC has extended the deadline for the submission of a thesis by scholars three times since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and enforcement of lockdown in March 2020.
Earlier the deadline was December 2020 which was then extended to 30 June. With the fresh extension, now scholars will get time till December 31, 2021, to submit their thesis.
Recently, the University Grants Commission (UGC) allowed 11 more universities to offer recognised Open and Distance Learning (ODL) programmes from July 2021. The decision was taken based on Standing Appellate Committee Meeting (SAC) held on June 30, 2021, and July 1, 2021.