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University of Allahabad

Regulations for MPhil

Regulations for the Master of Philosophy Programme in pursuance of Ordinance LVII: The Master of Philosophy Programme (under Clause (a) of Sub-section (1) of Section 29.

1. Definitions

1.1       "Course" means a Semester Course.

1.2       "Credit" (c) is the weightage assigned to a course in terms of contact hours.

1.3       "Grade" means letter grade assigned to a student on the basis of evaluation of a course on ten-point scale.

1.4       "Grade Point" (g) means the numerical equivalent of a letter grade assigned to        student in the ten-point scale.

1.5       "Cumulative Grade Point Average" (CGPA) means a cumulative index grade         point average of a student calculated in the following manner:

                                    g1. c1 + g2 . c2 ....

            CGPA =         -----------------------------------------

                                    Total number of credits offered by the student upto and

                                    including the semester for which cumulative index is required.


1.6       “Academic Units” shall mean such Departments under the Faculties of the University, such Institutions maintained by or admitted to the privileges of the University and such schools, eligible to offer research degree programmes.

1.7       Besides, the definitions given above, all other words shall carry the same meaning as defined in the Ordinances of The University of Allahabad.

2. General

2.1       These Regulations shall be called University of Allahabad Regulations of M.Phil Programme, 2012.

2.2       These Regulations shall apply to all M.Phil Courses as approved by the       Academic Council.

2.3       They shall come into force with effect from the date of approval by the      Executive Council.

3. Eligibility for Admission to the Course

3.1 A candidate shall be eligible for admission to the course leading to the degree of Master of Philosophy (M. Phil) hereinafter called the Course, if/she had taken the Master's degree of the University or a degree recognized by the University for this purpose as equivalent thereto.

3.2       No candidate shall be eligible to register for the programme/ course if he/she is already registered for any full time programme of study in this University or in any other University/Institution.

3.3       No candidate admitted to a course of research for the M. Phil degree shall:

(a)        undertake any employment:

(i)                 Provided that those engaged in teaching and research in recognized institution located in Allahabad may be exempted from the limitation of this sub-clause;

(ii)               Provided further that in this category the number of candidates shall not exceed 12% of the number enrolled for M. Phil/D. Phil in the Institute

(b)        join any other course of study; or

(c)        appear in any examination other than those prescribed by the University without the prior permission of the RDC.

4. Procedures for Admission

4.1       The procedure for admission shall be the same as for admissions to doctoral programme in the University.

4.2       Only a pre-determined number of students shall be admitted to the             M.Phil Programme.

5. Eligibility Criteria for M.Phil Supervisor and Allocation of Supervisor

5.1.      The Rules on Qualifications and Appointment of Supervisors shall be the same as provided for the Schedule I to Ordinance LVI:

            Provided that in a Constituent Institute a Lecturer/Assistant Professor        shall also be recommended for appointment as Supervisor for M.Phil            dissertations.

5.2       A Supervisor shall not have, at any given point of time, more than Five       M.Phil Scholars.

5.3       The allocation of the supervisor for a selected student shall be decided by the Department/Constituent Institute in a formal manner depending on the number of student per faculty member, the available specialization among the faculty supervisors, and the research interest of the student as indicated during interview by the student. The             allotment/allocation of supervisor shall not be left to the individual student or teacher.

6. Course Work

6.1       The M.Phil course work shall be as approved by the Academic Council and spread over two semesters in such a way that at least 50% of the total course work shall be completed in the first semester. The entire M.Phil programme including M.Phil dissertation shall be completed within four consecutive semesters. No registration shall be permissible beyond the period of four semesters, from the date of admission to the programme.

6.2       The academic unit shall prescribe the course (s) and specify the methodology and instructional device to be used. Every such course shall carry such credits as may be approved by the Academic Council:

Provided, however, that a student may with the permission of the academic unit be allowed to add, drop or substitute courses within a period of three weeks from the commencement.

7. Credit Requirements

7.1       No student admitted to the course shall be eligible for the award of M. Phil degree unless he/she secures a minimum of 24 credits or a maximum of 36 credits in each of the first two semesters. The dissertation shall carry 24 credits.


8. Topics of Dissertations

8.1       The topics of dissertation shall be approved by the DPC of the concerned academic unit on a proposal submitted by the student through his/her Adviser.

9.         Evaluation System

9.1       The assessment would be done by several methods such as day to day performance in class rooms, home assignment, tutorials, seminars, term papers, and mid-semesters tests, besides the end semester examinations. The ratio of internal assessment to end semester examination for each course work shall be in the ratio of 40:60 or as decided by each academic unit and approved by the Academic Council.

9.2       The courses and the dissertation of the student shall be graded on a ten point scale, that is:


Letter Grade

Grade Point










Very Good












Below Average


Below 4

Failed Repeat


9.3       Those students with CGPA between 3 and 5 in a semester may reappear in not more than two courses in an additional examination.

9.4       The Student must secure a CGPA of 5.0 in order to be eligible to submit the M. Phil dissertation.

9.5       The DPC may at its discretion strike off from the rolls of the University, the name of any Student:

a.         who scores CGPA of less than 3 in any of the first two semesters.

b.         who fails to secure CGPA of 5.0 in the total course work; or

c.         for lack of interest and motivation for research after completion of course   work.

9.6       Prior to submission of the thesis, the student shall make a pre-M.Phil presentation in the academic unit that may be open to all faculty members and research students, for getting feedback and comments, which may be suitably incorporated into the draft thesis under the advice of the supervisor.

9.7       The dissertation shall be examined by two examiners at least one of whom shall be a person not on staff of the University and/or the Institute to be appointed by the RDC.

Provided that in case of difference of opinion between the two examiners with regard to the evaluation of dissertations, may recommend the appointment of a third examiner (not connected with the University) in the manner laid down above for the evaluation of the dissertation.

Provided further that if the recommendation of the third examiner is in the negative, the student concerned shall not be awarded the degree of M. Phil.

9.8       The examiner, while recommending the approval of the dissertation for the award of M. Phil degree, shall also award grade for the dissertation according to the grading system in clause 9.2 above.

9.9       The First examiner and internal supervisor will conduct the viva-voce examination of the student. The final grade for the dissertation shall be determined at the time of viva-voce examination, taking into account the grades awarded by the examiners.

9.10     A student in order to be eligible for the award of Master of Philosophy degree of the University must have minimum CGPA of 5.5 (inclusive of dissertations and course work).

10. Relaxation

10.1     Notwithstanding what is contained in the Ordinance, the Academic Council may, in exceptional circumstance and on the recommendations of the RDC concerned or DPC as well as on the merits of each individual case, consider relaxation of any of the provisions at its discretion and for the reasons to be recorded.

11. Enrolment in doctoral programme

11.1     A student who earns CGPA of 6.0 in the course work and has considerable research experience and publication to his/ her credit would be considered for direct admission in D. Phil programme. 

11.2     Students after submission of M.Phil dissertation may be directly enrolled in D.Phil Programme.

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