Paper publication prior to PhD thesis submission rule may go

YB WEB DESK. Dated: 6/12/2019 8:57:40 AM

Chennai, June 11 If the recommendations of a four-member committee headed by Prof. P. Balaram are accepted by the University Grants Commission (UGC), it will no longer be mandatory for every PhD student in India to publish a paper in a peer-reviewed journal before he/she is awarded the degree. The committee - consisting of two people from the humanities field and two from the sciences - was constituted by the UGC last year. According to current UGC regulations, a PhD student is required to publish at least one paper in a peer-reviewed journal before thesis submission. "The committee has recommended that the mandatory requirement of a paper publication in a peer-reviewed journal is not required for awarding the degree," says Prof. Balaram. "The idea is that individual institutions should have and implement internal standards and should be responsible for the quality of thesis produced.


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