The University Grants Commission (UGC) has once again extended the deadline to submit theses for terminal MPhil/PhD students by six months. Now the research scholars can submit their theses by December 31. “Keeping in view the larger interest of the research scholars, a further extension of six months beyond 30.06.2021, i.e., till 31st December 2021, for submission of theses by M.Phil/Ph.D students may be granted by the Universities,” said UGC in an official notification.
The commission might also grant an extension of six months for submitting evidence of publication and presentation in two conferences. However, the tenure of fellowship will remain up to 5 years only.
The research theses which was to be submitted by June 30, 2020, was extended till June 30, 2021, due to the COVID-19 lockdown and subsequent closure of educational institutions.
“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the universities have remained closed for the past several months. Therefore, the students have not been able to conduct their research experiments in the university laboratories, nor were they able to access library services that are critical for completion of theses,” UGC said in its previous notification.
Meanwhile, the Commission has also extended the application deadline for admission to ODL and online programmes for February-March academic session offered by Higher Educational Institutions. Now students can submit their application till April 30. It has also instructed HEls to offering programmes through ODL and/or Online mode to make a note of the extended deadline and upload the admission details accordingly on the UGC DEB web-portal by May 15. The list of recognized HEIs has also been made available on the commission’s website which can start the admission process for the January session.