UGC directs universities to ensure that no staff, teachers discriminate against students based on caste

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked universities and colleges to ensure that no staff or teacher discriminates against any community or category of students. The commission has sought information from the universities about the complaints of caste-based discrimination and the action taken in relation to them during the year 2020-21.

In a letter to the vice-chancellors of universities, UGC secretary Rajnish Jain said, “Staff and teachers should not discriminate against students belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes on the basis of social background. Universities and colleges should ensure that no employee and teacher discriminates against any community or any category of students.

He said that the university, institute or college may prepare a page on their website for lodging such complaints by the students belonging to Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe category and keep the complaint book in the office of the Registrar and Principal. Jain said in his letter that if any such incident comes to the notice of the authorities, then action should be taken against such employees or teachers.

The commission said that universities may constitute a committee to consider complaints received regarding discrimination against students, teachers or non-teaching workers belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes. In the letter, Jain also urged the employees and teachers to show greater sensitivity in dealing with cases of caste-based discrimination.

He also asked to send information on the University Activity Monitoring Portal in the prescribed format for the year 2020-21.

UGC extends last date for submission of thesis for MPhil and PhD

The University Grants Commission has extended the thesis submission deadline for Terminal Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students till the end of December. The detail has been given ‘keeping in mind the larger interest of the research scholars’. MPhil and PhD candidates can now submit their thesis till December 31, 2021.

The UGC said in the notification, “In view of the large number of requests and keeping in view the larger interest of the research scholars, the extension for submission of M.Phil/PhD thesis by 31st December, 2021 is extended to all such students also. will be applicable whose due date for submission of M.Phil/PhD thesis is on or before 31.12.2021.”

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