Universities will now have to explain to the University Grants Commission (UGC) the methods being followed for Ph.D admissions in their respective institutions and assure the education council that they are in tune with its guidelines of 2009.

UGC Chairman Ved Prakash said a letter is being sent to all universities in this regard and universities have to submit details of all the admitted candidates along with the procedure adopted. Prof. Prakash said a mechanism was in place to monitor admissions.

He was not aware of the Ph.D admissions mired in controversies in several State universities.

New guidelines

As per the new guidelines, universities have to allot the supervisor and conduct internal examinations apart from stringently checking the theses. They will also have to declare the seats available in each department and no supervisor can guide more than eight students at a time.

Four-year B.Sc

With regard to proposals for starting a four-year B.Sc course, to make it more attractive, Prof. Prakash said universities have the freedom to fine-tune the course as long as the course was not reduced to the mandatory three-year period. Science teachers have been clamouring for a four-year B.Sc course to make it on par with a B.Tech, so as to attract youngsters towards science.

The private sector was bound to play a key role in higher education, he said, adding that 145 state-level private universities were already functioning, apart from 130 deemed ones.

He said the UGC was giving a catch-up grant of Rs. 5 crore to new universities to fulfil the eligibility criteria for UGC funding.

However, concerned State governments would have to pitch in with equal amounts.

New guidelines on PhD admissions stipulate that varsities regulate the number of admissions, allocate supervisors, conduct internal exams, stringently check theses