Mphil To Be Discontinued, New Research Oriented MSc Courses Under Modi Govt’s New Education Policy
Draft of National Education Policy (NEP) was released by a committee headed by eminent scientist K. Kasturirangan last Friday with a recommendation to discontinue M.Phil degree, which is likely to affect many research scholars in India.
The draft forwarded suggests changing the higher education pattern by introducing a four-year Bachelor’s degree instead of a three-year course. It also aims to formulate research-oriented Masters courses, thereby eliminating the requirements of an M.Phil degree.
The committee recommends the qualification required to do a Ph.D. now should either be a “Master’s degree or a four-year Bachelor’s degree with research”.
Under the current education system – Mphil can be pursued after a Masters degree which provides a student with a two-year window to take a call on whether they want to go for a Ph.D. degree next or just proceed to next level – job after M.Phil.
For students pursuing masters degree now, there are no essential requirements of doing a dissertation work or to submit a thesis, whereas M.phil evolves around more of research-oriented work & dissertation.
The committee has suggested few alternatives for an M.Phil degree.
- Different versions of Masters degree program can be introduced
- Two-year duration Masters degree program – with 2nd year devoted completely to do research work for those who have completed a 3-year durations undergraduate program.
- A 5-year duration – Bachelor’s/Master’s program
- There can be a 1-year Master Degree Program For Students completing a 4 -year bachelor’s course with research.
The whole aim of this proposal for restructuring the current education system is to make it more liberal – says the committee.
Indian Universities under the present education system does not offer much in terms of a research-oriented curriculum, which is a must for a Ph.D. degree.
Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), BHU are among few universities in India that offer substantive M.Phil degrees to students with at least 20-30 seats present in each department per year. As per stats reported by the Print – JNU & Delhi University alone this year has provided 300 & 200 M.Phil degrees recently.
If the draft is approved – this could bring a drastic change in our education system. Do let us know your take on this proposal. Do you think its a wise decision – restructuring the higher education system – Mphil To Be Discontinued? What other changes you would like the Govt to add in the proposal? Do share your views below in the comment section.