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EWS quota: Seats to increase, boost for M. Phil, PhD students

New Delhi: With the enforcement of 10 percent quota for the economic weaker section, the seats for reserved class category (SC/ST/OBC) are likely to increase by around 148 for the aspirants of M. Phil and PhD students in Delhi University. Professor Hansraj Suman, Chairman of Delhi University SC/ST/ OBC said, "Dean of Social Science informed that the department has received the circular from the Delhi University to implement the quota in the various department of colleges."

"With the enforcement of 10 percent quota, numbers of seats will increase for Mphil and PhD in section of Math, Science, Commerce and Social Science. And with the increase of the seats, students of the economically weaker section and reserved category will get the extra benefit," Professor Suman said.

He elaborated that currently 660 seats are sanctioned under Mphil programme, in which 467 aspirants were admitted while 237 seats remained vacant in the previous academic session. In allotted 467 seats, seats alloted for the general candidate- 246, OBC-116, SC-69, ST-36 and PWD – 16 got admission in the previous year. With the enforcement of EWS, seats secured to general candidate are 338, OBC- 182 and SC 101, ST 51, EWS 68 seats.

Following the same, the PhD has 800 seats in total in which 500 seats are sanctioned for general candidates, OBC 156, SC 110, ST 34, and PwD 15, whereas with the enforcement of EWS quota, 400 seats are for general candidates, OBC 216, SC 120, ST 60, EWS 80.

Professor Suman added that the Dean has also informed him that due to the increase of 10 per cent EWS seats, a teacher can also appoint researcher as their subordinate research director under the UGC rules. And as per the rules, 8 PhDs and 3 Mphil students can do their research work with a professor, while with associate professor 6 PhDs and 2 Mphil students can do their research work and with assitant professor, 4 PhD and 1 Mphil.

Professor Suman said that in case of shortage of teachers, senior faculty member of the varsity can also be appointed as supervisor.

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