To ensure participation of more women and disabled students in PhD programmes, Union minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday announced a slew of measures including a two-year extension for them to submit thesis papers.
Women and disabled students will get eight years, instead of six years, to submit their thesis, maternity leave benefit and migration facilities, Irani said in her convocation address at the North Eastern Hill University.
“The government of India has proposed that in the forthcoming commission meeting of the University Grants Commission (UGC), we will ensure that instead of two years, women and differently abled students be given three years to submit their MPhil certification,” the Union HRD minister said.
“This will give impetus to increase participation in PhD programmes by women and differently-abled students,” she said.
Stating that the government knows the problems faced by women who often have to leave their aspirations and dreams because of marriage, Irani said another proposal discussed with the UGC chairperson on Monday was give maternity leave for women students without counting the leave period in the days of their study.