IIM’s two-year PhD courses proposal gets rejected by HRD Ministry

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NEW DELHI: In a response to set of proposals given by IIMs the HRD Ministry of India has rejected their proposal for their two-year PhD courses. The IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, and IM Vishakhapatnam had written to the ministry proposing direct entry in PhD course Doctors of Philosophy for applicants with a four year bachelor’s degree and two-year PhD courses.

The minister responded to the proposals after consulting with the UGC (University Grants Commission) and AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education). The response was made through written letter sent to the directors of concerning IIMs, dated October 23, 2018.

In its response the ministry accepted proposal for direct entry into PhD courses for candidates with four-year’s bachelor’s degree with a CGPA score of 8 points on the condition that the course is of at least four years in its duration.

Also, professional courses such as CA, ICWA, and CS will be able to apply. However, the ministry decided to reject the proposal for two-year PhD course as it does not adhere with UGC’s prescribed minimum of three-years for PhD post Masters.

It is after the enactment of IIM act the institutions have decided to offer PhD courses instead of the currently offered Fellow Programme in Management (FPM). The FPM degree, a 5 year programme, offered in IIMs is treated as equivalent to PhD and Doctoral level courses which is recognized not only nationally but globally by companies. A response and a new proposal for its PhD courses to HRD ministry is expected to be out soon.

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