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Eligibility Criteria for admission to Ph.D. Programme

Subject to the conditions stipulated in this Annexure, the following persons are eligible to seek admission to the Ph.D. programme:

Master’s Degree holders satisfying the criteria stipulated under Clause 1 above.

Candidates who have cleared the M.Phil. course work with at least 55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade 'B' in the UGC 7-point scale (or an equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading system is followed) and successfully completing the M.Phil. Degree shall be eligible to proceed to do research work leading to the Ph. D. Degree in the same institution in an integrated programme. A relaxation of 5% of marks, from 55% to 50%, or an equivalent relaxation of grade, shall be allowed for those belonging to reserved categories/Differently-Abled and other categories of candidates as Page 2 per policies of the Government of Maharashtra prescribed from time to time.

A person whose M.Phil. dissertation has been evaluated and the viva voce is pending may be admitted to the Ph.D. programme of the same institution.

Candidates possessing a Degree considered equivalent to M.Phil. Degree of an Indian institution, from a foreign educational institution accredited by an Assessment and Accreditation Agency which is approved, recognized or authorized by an authority, established or incorporated under a law in its home country or any other statutory authority in that country for the purpose of assessing, accrediting or assuring quality and standards of educational institutions.

Duration of the Programme

M.Phil. programme shall be of a minimum duration of two consecutive semesters/ one year and a maximum of four consecutive semesters / two years.

Ph.D. programme shall be of a minimum duration of three years, including course work and a maximum of six years.

Extension up to a maximum period of two semesters/one year for M. Phil. and a maximum period of four semesters/two years for Ph.D. shall be given by the Research and Recognition Committee concerned on the recommendation of the Research Advisory Committee. The candidate concerned shall submit the application in prescribed format for extension through his Research Supervisor and Head of the Place of Research (Head of the University Department/Principal or Director of the recognized research centre at affiliated college or recognized institution or recognized research institution) three months before the expiry of the registration period.

The women candidates and persons with disability (more than 40% disability) may be allowed an additional relaxation of one year for M.Phil. and two years for Ph.D. in the maximum duration. In addition, the women candidates may be provided Maternity Leave once in the entire duration of M. Phil. /Ph.D. for up to 180 days.

Procedure for Admission

All admissions for M.Phil./Ph.D. programmes shall be through an Entrance Test conducted by the SPPU. Candidates qualified in UGC-NET (Including JRF)/UGC-CSIR NET (Including JRF)/SLET/GATE (valid score) or teacher fellowship holders Page 3 will be exempted from the Entrance Test for M.Phil./Ph.D. programmes. Candidates who have passed M. Phil. Programme of the SPPU will be exempted from the Entrance Test for Ph.D. programme.

P. G. Admission Section of the SPPU shall notify on an annual basis a predetermined and manageable number of M.Phil. and/or Ph.D. scholars to be admitted depending on the number of available Research Supervisors and other academic and physical facilities available, keeping in mind the norms regarding the scholar-teacher ratio, laboratory, library and such other facilities.

The SPPU shall notify well in advance on its website and through advertisement in at least two national newspapers, of which at least one shall be a Marathi newspaper. The details notified shall include the number of seats for admission, subject/discipline-wise distribution of available seats, criteria for admission, procedure for admission, examination centre(s) where entrance test(s) shall be conducted and all other relevant information for the benefit of the candidates.

The admission to M.Phil./Ph.D. programme shall be based on the criteria notified by the SPPU, keeping in view the guidelines/norms in this regard issued by the University Grants Commission and other statutory bodies concerned, and taking into account the reservation policy of the Central/State Government prescribed from time to time.

The SPPU shall admit candidates by a two stage process through -

An Entrance Test, which shall be a qualifying test. The Entrance Test will be of 100 marks (100 questions of one mark each with multiple choice) with 50% marks as qualifying marks. The syllabus of the Entrance Test shall consist of questions, 50% based on research methodology and 50% shall be subject specific. The Entrance Test shall be conducted at the centre(s) to be notified in advance. Changes of centres, if any, shall also be notified well in advance.

An interview organized by the SPPU when the candidates are required to discuss their research interest/area through a presentation before a duly constituted Department Research Committee.

The Department Research Committees shall be as under:

Admission at University Departments :

Head of the Department concerned (Chairman)

Two subject Experts (One from the Department concerned and One from outside)

Two nominees of the Vice-Chancellor – One General and One Reservation.

Admission at Research Centres at Affiliated Colleges and Recognized Institutions :

Principal / Director of the Affiliated Colleges and Recognized Institutions concerned (Chairman)

Two subject Experts (One Head of the Department of the affiliated college/recognized institution concerned, and one from University Departments/affiliated college/recognized institution concerned)

Two nominees of the Vice-Chancellor – One General and One Reservation.

Admission at Recognized Research Institution :

Director (Chairman)

Academic co-ordinator of the institution

One Professor from the University Department concerned, nominated by the Vice-Chancellor

Reservation nominee appointed by the Vice-Chancellor.

The University departments/research centres at affiliated colleges and recognized institutions/recognized research institutions shall obtain the approval of the Vice Chancellor for the committee.

The interview shall be conducted at the respective research centres, within a period of not more than thirty days from the date of declaration of result of the entrance test.

The following aspects shall be considered during the interview, namely :

whether the candidate possesses the competence for the proposed research

whether the research work can be suitably undertaken at the Institution/College

whether the proposed area of research can contribute to new/additional knowledge.

The research centre shall submit the report of the committee with regard to the interviews to PG Admission Section of the SPPU within a period of not more than two days from the date of completion of the interview process. PG Admission Section of the SPPU shall publish the list of candidates selected for admission, within a period of not more than seven days of completion of the interview process in the Faculty concerned.

The SPPU shall maintain the list of all the M.Phil. / Ph.D. registered students on its website on year-wise basis. The list shall include the name of the registered candidate, topic of his/her research, name of his/her supervisor/co-supervisor, date of enrolment/registration.