Delhi University
Source: Hindustan Times

The University of Delhi has recently issued a notification stating that M.Phil will be discontinued from the academic year 2022-23 and onwards. Thus, this decision was taken under the National Education Policy 2020. But, the majority of teachers criticized this discontinuity.

M.Phil is a short-term research program that gives the students a chance to do research work and add to their curriculum.

Notification of M.Phil discontinuation:

This notification was issued on 27th January 2022. Thus, it clearly stated that the various M.Phil programs run in DU colleges will be discontinued from 2022-23. Thus, no new admissions will be taken into M.Phil programs. As for the students who are already pursuing the program, it will continue until the course is completed.

Is it the right decision to discontinue M.Phil?

Abha Dev Habib, a former member of the DU executive council said that the New Education Policy is broadening the gap between the haves and have nots. Also, she added that NEP 2020 is preaching and advertising choice. But, in reality, it is actually taking away the choices. Now, students have to either commit to doing a Ph.D. or stay without a research degree.

M.Phil allowed all the financially weak students to complete their research as most of them couldn’t afford a Ph.D. But, now such students with disadvantageous backgrounds have no choice left. Hence, Habib holds NEP 2020 responsible for the discontinuity of M.Phil degree.

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Ayesha Kidwai, a professor from JNU said that there is also a gender dimension in the abolition of the degree. The majority of students in this program are women, i.e about 60 percent. Also, M.Phil is advantageous for women as Ph.D. requires lots of money and time.

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