HRD Ministry Aims To Provide More Time To Women To Complete M Phil, PhD


The Union HRD Ministry is decided to provide additional time to women complete their MPhil and PhD, so as to boost their entry into the academia.



According to the HRD Minister, Smriti Irani, many women are getting enrolled in higher education but not many are seen in faculty of colleges and universities. Ministry has requested UGC to consider relaxing norms so as to enable women compete M Phil and PhD “in a proactive fashion”. In terms of M Phil, for two years, the ministry has extended that limit to three years and in PhD, they are hoping to increase it to eight years instead of six. Irani said female students will also be given maternity leave of 240 days which will be excluded from their total time of study.

About UGC:
The University Grants Commission (UGC) of India is a statutory body set up by the Indian Union government in accordance to the UGC Act 1956 under Ministry of Human Resource Development, and is charged with coordination, determination and maintenance of standards of higher education. It provides recognition to universities in India, and disburses funds to such recognised universities and colleges. Prof. Ved Prakash is the incumbent Chairman of UGC, India. Its headquarters is in New Delhi, and six regional centres in Pune, Bhopal, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Guwahati and Bangalore
Chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC) – Prof. Ved Prakash

Extra info:
  • HRD Ministry has also requested UGC to accord autonomous status to colleges which have been granted the highest grade
  • University Grants Commission(UGC)
So lets do:
1. UGC comes under which ministry?
2. Who is the HRD minister of India?
3. Who is the Chairman of UGC?
4. HRD Ministry has decided to give additional time to women and persons with _____ to complete their M.Phil and Ph.D.


Source – The Hindu

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