UGC Reforms and Other News

UGC Reforms and Other News

The UGC removed the compulsory rule for publishing research papers in peer-reviewed journals every year. This article offers you insights into all that has transpired this week regarding the educational sector.

There have been a lot of reforms in the education sector this week. There were several orders by the Supreme Court regarding NEET PG counselling and the EWS quota. The Centre was also enquired by the Supreme Court about the status of Ukraine-returned students.

The UGC removed the compulsory rule for publishing research papers in peer-reviewed journals every year. This article offers you insights into all that has transpired this week regarding the educational sector.


In a press conference, IIT Delhi Dean said that the institution had received funds partly. The EWS bill was introduced in January 2019. This bill had set aside a 10 per cent quota for EWS, i.e., economically weaker sections. Over 2.14 lakh additional seats were approved by the centre in 158 centrally funded institutions. The total cost was around Rs 4,315 crore.

All central universities, colleges and deemed-to-be universities whose maintenance expenditure is met by the UGC were also offered instructions. They were instructed to implement and comply with the newly-introduced quota policy. An allocation of Rs 1,000 crore was allotted for the 23 IITs.

Private higher education institutions have resisted EWS implementation. They have stated that any move that is taken to mandate EWS reservation in their admission process will be met with resistance.


The University Grants Commission has also removed the compulsory requirement of getting research papers published in peer-reviewed journals. Research papers are published before the final submission of a PhD thesis.

MPhil scholars were mandated to present at least one research paper till now in a conference or seminar. Moreover, PhD scholars had to make two paper presentations at conferences or seminars and publish at least one research paper in a refereed journal. This must be done before the submission of their thesis for adjudication.

UGC Chairperson has stated that with this new move, the one-size-fits-all approach is recognized not to be desirable. The proposed Higher Education Commission of India will subsume the All India Council for Technical Education and University Grants Commission. This Commission is likely to have extensive penal powers.

The government is considering also considering authorising it with other functions such as imposing fines of up to Rs 5 crore. It is also considered to proceed against the heads of institutions that have been convicted to have committed violations.

Meanwhile, the UGC has also transferred to their concerned ministries three fellowship schemes. They include:

  • The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment – National Fellowship for SC
  • Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment – National Fellowship for OBC
  • Ministry of Minority Affairs – Maulana Azad National Fellowship

Delhi University

Delhi University has released the third round of CSAS. It began at 5 pm on Saturday. Candidates can lock their choices from November 14 at 10 am till November 15 at 4:59 pm. The Colleges will verify and approve the applications of the candidates from November 14 till 4:59 pm to November 16.

Delhi University has also released the third cut-off list under the NCWEB, i.e., Non-Collegiate Women Education Board exclusively for Women students.

The National Testing Agency has released the Delhi University Entrance Test (DUET) answer key 2022. It has also released the question papers and response sheets. Delhi University Faculty of Law has invited grievances from the students. This is for discrepancies in the semester marks of the 2, 4 and 6 exams.


The states and union territories were ordered to complete round 2 of NEET PG counselling by November 16 at 6 pm. This order was given by the Supreme Court. It also ordered the authorities to submit the data to the Medical Counselling Committee on the same day. The counselling for the mop-up round shall be carried out by the competent authority. This will happen after the completion of round 2 of counselling.

The MCC also extended the date to register and pay the fees. Students can do the same up to November 13 for the mop-up round of NEET PG 2022. The aspirants will be able to register till November 13 at 11 am and pay the fees by 3 pm. The NEET PG scheduled for April-May next year for PG medical courses could be the last exam for PG medical courses. It will be removed by the National Exit Test.


Round 2 of NEET UG counselling has started. The RESET registration option has closed and the fresh registration and payment window is open. The candidates can fill in their choices till November 13 at 4:55 pm and lock their choices till 5 pm.

A list of new seats has also been released by the MCC for MBBS courses for round 2 UG counselling.

The schedule for round 2 of counselling for UP NEET UG 2022 has been released by the Director General of Medical Education and Training, Uttar Pradesh. The online registration will take place till November 14 at 2 pm.

Till November 15, students can deposit their security starting today. The merit list will be declared by November 14.

The revised state merit list for the second round of counselling will be announced by the Odisha Joint Entrance Examination on November 14 at 5 pm.


The West Bengal Board of Primary Education has released the marks after eight years. This is for candidates who have qualified for the West Bengal Teacher Eligibility Test 2014. The marks were declared after an order of the High Court. The reserved category candidates who have secured 82 marks or more have been declared qualified for TET.


Applications for the National Institutional Ranking Framework ranking are open for the year 2023. The deadline is November 18. One more category is added by NIRF this year which is the Agriculture and Allied Sciences.

Study Abroad

The Supreme Court has asked the Centre to provide details of medical students. This details are of those who were from Ukraine and have availed of its academic mobility program. Under the program they could complete their courses in colleges or universities of other countries.

Meanwhile, Russia is ready to welcome Indian students who returned from Ukraine mid-degree. Thus, students will now be able to complete their education in Russia instead.

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