Eligibility criteria for m.phil/ph.d. supervisor
- A regular Professor of the University with at least five research publications in refereed journals and a regular Associate/Assistant Professor of the University with a Ph.D. Degree and at least two research publications in refereed journals are eligible to be recognised as research supervisor:
Provided that in areas where there is no or only limited number of refereed journals, the University shall relax the above conditions for recognition of a person as research supervisor with reasons recorded in writing.
- Only a full time regular teacher of the University can act as a research supervisor, the external supervisors are not allowed. However, co-supervisor can be appointed in inter-disciplinary areas where the expertise has to be supplemented from other departments of the University or from outside University/Institution with the approval of Research Advisory Committee.
- A research supervisor/co-supervisor who is a Professor, at any given point of time shall not guide more than three M.Phil. and eight Ph.D. students. An Associate Professor as research supervisor shall guide upto a maximum of two M.Phil. and six Ph.D. students and an Assistant Professor shall guide upto a maximum of one M.Phil. and four Ph.D. students.
- The Vice-Chancellor may recognise a teacher as Research Supervisor on the recommendation of a panel consisting of the following persons:
(i) Dean of the concerned School;
(ii) Head of the concerned Department;
(iii) an expert in the subject nominated by the Vice-Chancellor.
Eligibility criteria for admission to m.phil. Programme
- Candidates for admission to the M.Phil. programme shall have a master’s degree of a recognised University with at least 55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade B in the University Grants Commission 7 point scale or any equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading system is followed.
- A relaxation of 5% of marks from 55% to 50% or equivalent relaxation of grade shall be allowed to those belonging to SC/ST/OBC (Non Creamy Layer)/differently abled/who had obtained their master degree prior to 19 September 1991; without including the grace marks procedures.
Eligibility criteria for admission to ph.d. programme
- Master’s degree holders satisfying the criteria mentioned under clause (2) above.
- Candidates who have cleared M.Phil. course work with at least 55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade B in the University Grants Commission 7 point scale or any equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading system is followed and successful completing the M.Phil. degree. A relaxation of 5% of marks from 55% to 50% or equivalent relaxation of grade shall be allowed to those belonging to SC/ST/OBC (Non Creamy Layer)/differently abled.
Duration of the programme
- M.Phil. programme shall be for a minimum duration of two consecutive semesters i.e. one year and a maximum of four consecutive semesters i.e. two years.
- Ph.D. programme shall be for a minimum duration of three years including course work and a maximum of six years.
- Extension beyond above time limits shall be granted by the Vice-Chancellor on the recommendation of Research Advisory Committee.
- The women candidates and persons with more than 40% disability may be allowed a relaxation of one year for M.Phil. and two years for Ph.D. in the maximum duration. In addition, the women candidates may be provided maternity leave/child care leave upto 240 days once in the entire duration of M.Phil./Ph.D.
Procedure for Admission
- The University shall admit M.Phil./Ph.D. students through an entrance test conducted by the University:
Provided that the students who fulfill any of the following conditions shall be exempted from appearing at the entrance test;
(i) have passed M.Phil. programme including course work, evaluation of dissertation and the viva-voce;
(ii) have qualified UGC-NET including JRF;
(iii) have qualified UGC-CSIR NET including JRF;
(iv) have qualified SET/SLET;
(v) have qualified in GATE/GPAT with a valid score to be determined by the University every year.
- The University shall
(i) notify in brief about M.Phil./Ph.D. admission programme through advertisement in two national newspapers of which one shall be in the regional language and give the details on its website the numbers of seats for admission, subject/discipline-wise distribution of seats, criteria for admission, procedure for admission, examination centres of the entrance test and other relevant information for benefit of the students;
(ii) decide every year on the recommendation of the Research Advisory Committee the number of M.Phil. and Ph.D. students to be admitted depending on the number of available research supervisors and other academic and physical facilities available.
(iii) observe the policy of reservation of Government of Maharashtra.
- The University shall admit students by two stage process through:
(i)An entrance test with qualifying marks as 50%. The syllabus of the entrance test shall consist of 50% of research methodology and 50% shall be subject specific;
(ii)An interview/viva-voce in which candidates are required to present research interest/area before a duly constituted Departmental Research Committee.
- The Departmental Research Committee shall consider the following aspects, whether:
(i) The candidate possesses the competence for the proposed research;
(ii)The research work can be undertaken by the University:
(iii)The proposed research work can contribute to new/additional knowledge.
- The Departmental Research Committee shall consist of the following persons:
(i) Head of the concerned Department – Chairman;
(ii)One Associate Professor in the concerned subject nominated by the Vice-Chancellor;
(iii)One Assistant Professor in the concerned subject nominated by the Vice-Chancellor.
Allocation of Supervisor
The allocation of research supervisor for selected student shall be decided by the Departmental Research Committee concerned depending on the number of students per research supervisor, the available specialization among the supervisors and research interest of the student as indicated during interview/viva-voce by the student. The allotment/allocation of supervisor shall not be left to the individual student or teacher.
- The credit assigned to the M.Phil. or Ph.D. course shall be of twelve credits.
- The course work for a minimum period of one semester shall be treated as pre-requisite for M.Phil./Ph.D. preparation. A minimum of four credits shall be assigned to one or more courses of research methodology which could include quantitative methods, computer applications, research ethics and review of published research in the relevant field, training, field work etc. Other courses shall be advance level courses preparing the students for research degree.
- All courses prescribed for M.Phil. and Ph.D. shall be approved by the Research Advisory Committee and shall be as per the credit hour instructional requirement. All courses shall be approved by the Research Advisory Committee and shall specify contents, instructional and assessment methods.
- Students who have already obtained M.Phil. degree and admitted to Ph.D. programme or those who have already completed the course work in M.Phil. may be exempted by the Departmental Research Committee from the Ph.D. course work.
- Grades in the course work shall be finalized by the Research Advisory Committee of the department and the final grades shall be communicated to the Controller of Examinations of the University.
- A M.Phil./Ph.D. student has to obtain a minimum of 55% of marks or its equivalent grade in the University Grants Commission 7 point scale and equivalent grade/CGPA in a point scale wherever grading system is followed in the course work in order to be eligible to continue in the programme and submit the dissertation/thesis.
Research Advisory Committee and its functions
There shall be a Research Advisory Committee for every M.Phil. and Ph.D. student. The research supervisor shall be the convenor of the committee. The committee shall have the following functions:
- To review the research proposal and finalize the topic of research;
- To periodically review and assess the progress of the research student.
- A research student shall appear before Research Advisory Committee once in six months to make a presentation of the progress of his work for evaluation and further guidance. The six monthly progress report shall be submitted by the Research Advisory Committee to the Vice-Chancellor/Registrar with a copy to the research student.
- In case the progress of the research student is unsatisfactory, the Research Advisory Committee shall record the reasons for the same and suggest corrective measures. If the research student fails to carryout the corrective measures, the Research Advisory Committee may recommend to the Vice-Chancellor/Registrar with specific reasons for cancellation of the registration of the research student.
- The Research Advisory Committee shall consist of the following members:
(i) the Dean of the concerned School – Chairman;:
(ii) the Head of the concerned Department;:
(iii) a teacher of the subject nominated by the Vice-Chancellor; :
(iv) the Research Supervisor – Convenor.
Provided that in the absence of the Dean, the Head of the Department shall be the Chairman.
Evaluation and Assessment Method
- The minimum credit requirement including the credits for the course work for the award of M.Phil. Degree shall not be less than thirty credits.
- After satisfactory completion of the course work and obtaining the marks or grades as required, as the case may be, the M.Phil./Ph.D. student shall be required to produce a draft dissertation/thesis within twenty one months/thirty months respectively.
- Prior to the submission of the dissertation/thesis the research student shall make a presentation in the department before the Research Advisory Committee which shall be open to all teachers and other research students. The feedback obtained from them may be included in the draft dissertation/thesis in consultation with the Research Advisory Committee.
- M.Phil. student shall present at least one research paper in a conference and Ph.D. student shall publish at least one research paper in a refereed journal and two paper presentations in conferences before submission of the dissertation/thesis for evaluation and produce evidence in the form of presentation certificates and/or reprints.
- The dissertation/thesis submitted for evaluation by the student shall contain an undertaking by the research student and a certificate from the research supervisor attesting to the originality of the work. The undertaking and the certificate shall further state that there is no plagiarism and the work has not been submitted for the award of any other degree or diploma of any Institute/University.
- The M.Phil. dissertation submitted by the research student shall be evaluated by his research supervisor and one external examiner. After evaluation of the dissertation the viva-voce test shall be conducted by the research supervisor and the external supervisor and shall be open to the members of Research Advisory Committee, teachers of the department and other research students.
- The Ph.D. thesis submitted by the research student shall be evaluated by his research supervisor and two external examiners, of whom one examiner shall be from outside the Maharashtra. After satisfactory evaluation of the thesis by the external examiners, the viva-voce test shall be conducted by the research supervisor and at least one of the two external examiners, as may be appointed by the Vice-Chancellor and shall be open to the members of Research Advisory Committee, teachers of the department and other research students.
- The open viva-voce test of the research student to defend the thesis shall be conducted only if the external examiner(s) recommend for conducting the viva-voce test. If the evaluation report of the external examiner in case of M.Phil. dissertation, or one of the evaluation reports of the external examiner in case of Ph.D. thesis is unsatisfactory and does not recommend the viva-voce, the dissertation/thesis shall be sent to another external examiner out of approved panel of examiners. The viva-voce test shall be held only if the report of the latest examiner is satisfactory. If the report of the latest examiner is also unsatisfactory, the dissertation/thesis shall be rejected.
- There shall be a committee to recommend to the Vice-Chancellor a panel of not less than six examiners for evaluation of Ph.D. thesis and a panel of not less than three examiner for evaluation of M.Phil. dissertation of the student.
The Committee shall consist of the following:
(i) Pro-Vice-Chancellor, if any, Chairman;
(ii) Dean of the concerned faculty;
(iii) Head of the concerned Department;
(iv) concerned Research Supervisor.
Provided that in the absence of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor Dean shall be the Chairman.