The Delhi University (DU) has issued a notification stating that MPhil will be discontinued from the next academic session in line with the National Education Policy-2020. The university will be implementing the policy from 2022-23.
However, a section of teachers criticised the move to discontinue the degree, saying it will be disadvantageous for students who are not economically strong and even for women. In a notification issued on January 27, the varsity said MPhil programmes being run in various departments of the DU will be discontinued from 2022-23 in line with the National Education Policy (NEP), 2020.There won’t be any new admissions to MPhil programmes while students who are already enrolled will continue to study the course, according to a university official.
Former Executive Council member Abha Dev Habib said, “NEP-2020 is all about widening the gap between the haves and have nots. Either commit to doing a PhD or remain without a research degree. The NEP, which is floating on advertisement of ‘choice’, is taking away real choices which students had. Students with disadvantageous backgrounds looked up to MPhil as a research degree they could afford before going towards teaching jobs. This degree (MPhil) is being discontinued not because of any organic need of the system but because of NEP-2020,” she said.
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