The University Grants Commission (UGC) has officially discontinued the Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) degree. In response to the issuance of fresh applications for the M.Phil program by some universities, the UGC has explicitly directed students not to seek admission to the M.Phil degree, as it is no longer recognized. The official notice regarding this decision can be found on the UGC’s official website at ugc.gov.in.
The UGC released the notice on December 26, following the receipt of applications for the M.Phil program from certain universities. The notice emphasizes that Regulation No. 14 of the UGC (Minimum Standards and Procedures for Award of Ph.D. Degree) Regulations 2022 clearly states that Higher Educational Institutions are prohibited from offering the M.Phil program.
The official communication reads, “It has come to the notice of the UGC that a few universities are inviting fresh applications for the M.Phil (Master of Philosophy) program. In this regard, it is important to note that the M.Phil degree is not a recognized degree.”
The UGC has urged university authorities to take immediate action to cease admissions to the M.Phil program for the academic year 2023-24.
For additional details, interested candidates can refer to the official UGC website.