UGC discontinues MPhil Degree, asks students not to take admission

NEW DELHI — The University Grants Commission (UGC) warned universities on Wednesday against offering MPhil courses, saying it is not a recognised degree and cautioned students against taking admission in such programmes.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) also directed the universities to stop admissions to the MPhil programme for the 2023-24 academic year.

“It has come to the notice of the UGC that a few universities are inviting fresh applications for MPhil (Master of Philosophy) programme. In this regard, it is to bring to the notice that the MPhil degree is not a recognised degree. The Regulation No 14 of the UGC (Minimum Standards and Procedures for Award of PhD Degree) Regulations 2022 clearly states that higher educational institutions shall not offer the MPhil programme,” University Grants Commission (UGC) Secretary Manish Joshi said.

“Further, students are advised not to take admission in the MPhil programme,” Joshi said.