Wednesday, February 12, 2014

University of Mumbai announces date for Ph.D Entrance 2014 for Ph.D in 71 streams

Dear Friends,

University of Mumbai has announced for Ph.D entrance test know as PET.

Please note that the PET is not the announcement for Ph.D admission. UGC has issued a circular on March 2011 through reference no  F 1-1/ 2002 (PS) exemp. part file III and same published in the official Gazette of India. The notification is called as

UGC (Minimum standards and procedures for awards of M.Phil/ Ph.D degree) , regulation, 2009

Any research degree awarded violating this regulations is not recognized Ph.D Degree so not eligible for public sctor job, teaching position and promotions.

If we go through the regulation carefully, admission in M.Phil and Ph.D can be possible only after fulfilling following criteria:
1.    The minimum qualification should be a masters degree with minimum 55% for general category and 50% for SC/ ST category.

2.    The university/ institute/ college has to pre-determine no. of Ph.D seats available, then need to publish an advertisement for M.Phil/ Ph.D entrance notifying no. of seats available, date of entrance etc.. The no. of seats available must be decided on the basis of overall infrastructure including research guide available. A university/ institute cannot admit more than the predetermined seats for M.Phil and Ph. D.

3.    Entrance exam is mandatory for M.Phil and Ph.D admission only following people are exempted from entrance test:

1. Those who are M.Phil holder as per this regulation.
2. Those who have qualified NET/ JRF and GATE

It is compulsory for rest all students to appear for entrance examination conducted by that particular institutes only.

Most important:
Concerned university/ colleges have to send a report to UGC mentioning how many M.Phil and Ph.D seats they have. They cannot take more students mentioned than this and once admission process completed, within 15 days they have to send report to UGC mentioning name of the students and area of research. At the time of admission, the concerned university/ institute also have to take research proposal from students and carefully scrutinise it, interview it and make it part of the Ph.D selection process. 

Ph. D/ M.Phil cannot be offered in distance/ external and off campus mode. It has to be a full time mode only. Only few institute offers the facility where a student can complete the research work in the organisation where they are working and where proper infrastructure for their research area is available (This is sometime called external Ph.D but it is strictly followed). However, they have to regularly visit the university and discuss about research with their guide. They may even need to attend lectures for initial 2 semesters. 

For more details, you may refer following article

Ph.D admission process in University of Mumbai
1.      The student desire to pursue Ph.D has to qualify in the PH.D Entrance Test (PET) conducted by the University of Mumbai
2.      They have to apply to the concerned affiliated colleges and departments. Every approved research centre colleges have 5-10 seats for respective subject so competition is tough.
3.      Admission for Ph.D happens between April to July

Important Dates
 Date and Time of Entrance Test:- Saturday, 8th March, 2014 at 11.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.
2. Starting date for acceptance of application form: - Friday, 7th February, 2014.
3. Last date for acceptance of application form: - Friday, 21st  February, 2014.
4. Eligibility:
A post graduate in the respective subject with minimum 55 % for general category and 50% fr reserved category i.e. SC/ ST

 Registration fees along with Application Form:- A Demand Draft in the name of 'Finance &
Accounts Officer' of the University of Mumbai OR in cash of Rs.1000/- for General Category and
Rs.500/- for Reserved Category as mentioned in Annexure-I.( VCD).

6. .Syllabus for the Entrance Test: - PET-2014 shall be conducted in the subjects enlisted in
Annexure-III.(List of Subjects for PET-2014). The syllabus for PET in a given subject shall be
the various topics in the Compulsory/Core subjects/papers for the Post Graduate Degree Level
Programme of the University of Mumbai for that subject.

 Exemption from appearing for PET :- People who have cleared JRF and people with M.Phil. Although exempted, please take the PET as the college people are dumb and create chaos.

Where to submit the documents?
 The candidates may download the Application Form for the said Entrance Test from the
University website and submit in DUPLICATE along with ONLY ONE SET of RELEVANT
ATTESTED CERTIFICATES and DOCUMENTS (if any), to the Room No.129, First Floor,
Thesis Section, Fort Campus of the University on or before 21st  February, 2014, up to 2.30 p.m.
Incompletely filled forms if submitted, will be rejected.

Total subject / specialization for Ph.D available: 71
Total Ph.D seats available: 1899

Features of Mumbai University
1.       Fees are very competitive. Except few most of the colleges have very low fee (like Welingkar charges 50,000 per year for Ph.D in management whereas JBIMS and ADMI are cheaper.
2.       It strictly follows UGC guideline so your degree is safest for everything.
3.       Prestigious name, one of the oldest universities in India founded in 1857 alongwith University of Madras and University of Calcutta.
4.       A grade status by NAAC
5.       No fake Ph.Ds you have to earn it (it’s a different question about quality and who checks whether you did a copy paste job, recently Jitendra Avhad a politician got his Ph.D from here and I am not sure about his ability to get the same).

1.       Very poor management and rude staff. Even the top management institute JBIMS lacks in it. Last year they did goof up in admission process and I need to complain it to VC so finally university did a centralized PET this year.
2.       Guides are not good (few may be exception) it was news there that they treat Ph.D scholars as their servants.
3.       Staff are not supportive and lacks in the knowledge.

Still, it is much better to opt this.
For details about form, collegewise break up please visit

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