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The University Grants Commission (UGC) has announced updated admission requirements that will enable professionals to enrol in part-time research courses and four-year undergraduate degree holders to enter PhD programmes with a minimum (CGPA) of 7.5.

A plan to reserve 60% of the seats in all higher education institutions for National Eligibility Test/Junior Research Fellowship recipients has been abandoned. According to UGC chair M Jagadesh Kumar, "It was not taken into consideration keeping in mind the suggestions of the stakeholder."

In March, the draught UGC (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of PhD Degree), 2022 regulations were published for stakeholder comments. 

The higher education regulatory body, UGC, stated in a notification that the admissions process will remain unchanged. Due to the elimination of the MPhil programme and the implementation of four-year undergraduate programmes under National Education Policy 2020, the eligibility requirements have been updated.

A four-year bachelor's degree with research and a minimum CGPA of 7.5 will be required for applicants to qualify for admission to PhD programmes under the revised standards. After finishing a four-year degree, first- and second-year postgraduate students will also be eligible. Candidates who are enrolled in or have finished an MPhil programme will still be eligible for admission to PhD programmes.