University Grants Commission (UGC) on Tuesday issued new guidelines for MPhil, PhD candidates. Following the new guidelines, women and those with more than 40% disability will now get a year extra to complete their MPhil papers and two years more to submit PhD theses.


Apart from this, the list of relaxation include following points:

Maternity leave: Women will get maternity leave and child care leave for up to 240 days while they pursue these two degrees.

Data transfer facility: In case a woman scholar needs to relocate because of marriage or otherwise during her study, she would be allowed to get research data transferred to the university to which she intends to shift.

Exemption From NET/SET : Those registered for MPhil/PhD programmes prior to July 11, 2009, will be exempted from the requirement of the minimum eligibility condition of NET/SET for recruitment and appointment of assistant professor or equivalent posts in universities/colleges and other higher educational institutions subject to few conditions.