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    Certificate course simultaneously during part-time PhD


    Can one study a certificate course along with part time PhD? want to knwo the legal implications of this? On this page find the correct advice for your query.

    I am doing my part-time PhD while working in same institution. Is it possible for me to register for certificate courses in education during this period. These certificate courses are part of a Masters Degree and all 9 courses have to be completed to get the degree. I am planning to complete half of them (at least 4) during the duration of my PhD which is getting over by 2024. Hence is it legal and advisable to do so.
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  • In which subject you are doing PhD. I think you might have completed your PG in that subject.
    The other subjects you have to do in PG for additional certification you can complete. There will not be any problem.
    But you are working somewhere and already you are doing your PhD. So finding time may be very difficult. It all depends on how you cope up with all these subjects and how best you will score the marks is very important. Just for the sake of getting a certificate doing the course is of not much useful. You should be able to get the required skills and you should be able to use them in your career. It all depends on your hard work and understanding capability.

    drrao
    always confident

  • Persuasion of any study is advisable for which you have intense passion. If you have that much interest for such certificates and would like to complete at least four by 2024, the same can be taken up from your end. I am missing one important aspect which you have not touched the subject with which are doing your Ph.D. Here I am not going to demotivate you from your goal but considering your subject in which you are doing a doctorate degree would help me to draw a better conclusion. If the subjects are Sanskrit, Philosophy, History like that, you can manage your time simultaneously for both your current Ph.D studies and proceeding for the certification course.
    However, if the subject is of science stream such as one of these Mathematics, Physics, chemistry, Botany, Zoology etc, you would not have enough time for your involvement in other activities. If you undertake two missions simultaneously at least one or both will be affected thus not getting the desirable outcome.
    Hence I would recommend to defer your certification course for which you have a mind at present and go ahead for your Ph. D course with your single minded devotion so that your thesis becomes impressive.

  • Dear Dr Rao,
    Thank you for the prompt reply.
    I am doing my PhD in Medical Pharmacology and the Masters is in Education which is a different field from my PhD.
    I appreciate your concern and you may be right in deterring me due to paucity of time in concentrating in two courses simultaneously.
    I will go by your advice.. However, I wanted to know if it is legal to do so by UGC guidelines.
    Thanks in advance

  • Dear Dr Jha,

    Thank you for the prompt reply.
    I am doing my PhD in Medical Pharmacology and the Masters is in Education which is a different field from my PhD.
    I appreciate your concern and you may be right in deterring me due to paucity of time in concentrating in two courses simultaneously.
    I will go by your advice.. However, I wanted to know if it is legal to do so by UGC guidelines.
    Thanks in advance


  • As per UGC guidelines one cannot enrol and pursue two regular courses simultaneously. One regular course and one in distance mode is permitted. If your part time PhD is a regular endeavour then you can definitely go for some correspondence or distance education course in any subject of your choice.
    If the course in education that you are now doing or planning to do is a part time course but is also a regular course then there will be a clash between the two and legally speaking it will be against the UGC stipulations in these matters.
    It would be better if one of the course is in regular mode and other is in a correspondence mode so that when you use these degrees for your career enhancement and other such pursuits no one should be able to declare them as against the educational guidelines set by UGC. It would make sense in taking these precautions to avoid any future inconveniences in the matter.


    Knowledge is power.

  • At all the cost, you need to follow UGC guidelines which does not permit any aspirant to pursue two regular courses at a time. At best, you can take up one regular course coupled with one through the distance mode.
    Either of the two being pursued by you is of different mode, you would not face charges regarding the violation of UGC norm.
    You can better judge regarding the exhaustiveness of your Ph. D course of Medical Pharmacology and how far you would be comfortable with the pursuance of an additional course even though it might be through the distance mode. Analyse the pros and cons of your decision.

  • I think you may have got your answer with the above response , but I want to add few points . You can enroll two courses if one from regular and other one from distance mode . As you informed that both courses are different in nature and from different universities , you shall not face any problem or legal issues . I have done two bachelor degree simultaneously from different universities earlier . Hope you find this useful .


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