West Bengal Education Minister Bratya Basu has said that the state government will not comply with the University Grants Commission (UGC) decision asking universities to stop admissions to MPhil courses for the 2023-24 academic year. UGC Secretary Manish Joshi had said on December 27, “It has come to the notice of UGC that some universities are inviting new applications for admission to MPhil (Master of Philosophy) courses. In this regard, it is being brought to the notice of all that MPhil is not a recognized degree. This course has been discontinued.”
He said, “Rule 14 of the UGC (Minimum Qualification and Procedure for PhD Degree) Rules, 2022 clearly states that higher educational institutions will not conduct MPhil course.”
When reporters asked Basu on the sidelines of an event on Thursday whether the West Bengal government would follow the UGC’s decision, he said, “We will not follow the UGC’s order.” Will follow only the guidelines decided by the expert committee. Basu said the MPhil course would continue to be offered in the state university.
“The state has its own policies regarding MPhil courses in state universities and there is no reason to change them,” he said.
UGC had discontinued the MPhil course in November 2022. UGC has also advised students not to take admission in any MPhil course.