Shimla: Strictly adhering to the minimum standards and procedure for the award of Ph D and M Phil degrees laid down by the University Grants Commission (UGC), the Himachal Pradesh Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Commission (HPPEIRC) has entertained the request of only five out of 16 private universities and approved intake of 66 Ph D and 53 M Phil students. The private universities were keen on enrolling students for Ph D and M Phil, but most of them failed in fulfilling the criteria and in maintaining the quality of research, hence the commission did not make any compromise with the norms, sources in the commission said. The rules provide that “all universities, deemed universities and colleges, institutions of national importance shall lay down criteria for the faculty to be recognised as research supervisor for Ph D and M Phil programmes and no university or institution shall conduct these programmes through distance mode of education.” Further, no supervisor should have more than eight Ph D and five M Phil students at any point of time. To fulfil these conditions, the universities required regular faculty and qualified teachers and as such the requests of most of the private universities were not entertained. Solan based Shoolini University got the approval to intake 30 Ph D and 53 M Phil students, while Eternal University, Baru Sahib in Sirmaur district, Career Point University in Hamirpur district and Maharaja Agrasen University at Baddi (Solan) were given approval for intake of 14, 10 and seven Ph D students, respectively while Bahara University at Kandaghat in Solan district was given approval to admit five Ph D students. The Shoolni University got approval for 15 M Phil students each in chemistry, bio tech and micro-biology and eight in physics. Besides intake of eight students in Ph D in pharmaceuticals, five each in chemistry and bio-technology, four in micro-biology, three each in food technology and mechanical engineering and two in botany were approved by the Regulatory Commission. Eternal University got the approval to intake six Ph D in bio-technology, three each in physics and chemistry and two in economics while Career Point University got the approval for intake of four Ph D students in physics, three in chemistry, two in civil engineering and one in management. Maharaja Agrasen University got approval for intake of three management, two tourism and travel management and one each in physics and mathematics at Ph D level, while Bahara University was allowed to take three students in pharmaceuticals and two in mechanical engineering. ~ Source: