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Ramakanta Biswas

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has announced fresh extension of deadline for the submission of thesis for terminal Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) scholars by six months. 

The fresh extension, which has been granted ‘keeping in view the larger interest of the research scholars’  will enable MPhil and PhD candidates to submit their thesis by December 31, 2021.

“Considering a large number of requests and also keeping in view the larger interest of the research scholars, the extension given for submission of M.Phil/Ph.D thesis till 31st December, 2021 shall also be applicable to all such students whose due date of submission of M.Phil/Ph.D thesis is on or before 31.12.2021,” the UGC notification undersigned by its secretary Rajnish Jain read. 

“However, tenure of fellowship will remain up to five year only,” the notification clarified.  

This is the third time the UGC has extended the deadline for the submission of thesis by scholars since the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic and enforcement of lockdown in March 2020. 

Initially, the extension of deadline by six months was granted till 31 December which was then extended to 30 June. With granting of fresh extension, now scholars will get time till December 31, 2021 to submit their thesis.

Recently, the UGC allowed 11 more universities to offer recognised open and distance learning (ODL) programmes from July 2021. The decision was taken based on Standing Appellate Committee Meeting (SAC) held on June 30, 2021 and July 1, 2021.

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