The University Grants Commission has extended the deadline for the students to submit the M.Phil and Ph.D. thesis. According to the revised dates, the last date for students to submit the M.Phil and Ph.D. thesis is June 30, 2021.
The decision to extend the deadline for the submission of the thesis has been made keeping in mind the COVID-19 pandemic. The UGC had earlier stated that the last day to submit the M.Phil and Ph.D. thesis was December 31, 2020. The six-month additional extension has been granted as most of the universities and colleges have remained closed across the country due to the pandemic. It however must be noted that the tenure of the fellowship for the MPhil and Ph.D. students will remain the same as earlier at 5 years.
The statement released mentions that keeping in mind the pandemic and the interest of the research scholars, a further extension of six months for the terminal Mphil and Ph.D. students who were supposed to submit the thesis by December 31, 2020, can now submit the thesis until June 30, 2021.
Dates extended due to universities being shut
According to a statement released by the UGC, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the universities have remained closed for several months now and so the students have not been able to conduct the research experiments in the university laboratories and neither has been able to access the library services which is important to complete the thesis.
The Notification released further states that the extension of six months as mentioned above may also be granted for submitting evidence of publication and presentation in two conferences.