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Every candidate registered for a research degree programme shall be required to pursue the programme under the approved research supervisor(s) of the University. Independent supervision/Joint Supervision for candidates shall be assigned by the Doctoral Committees. Research Supervisors approved by the University/ other competent bodies shall only be considered for guiding research candidates.

The Board concerned shall recommend to the Research Council, a panel of experts to be recognized as research supervisors who may or may not belong to the University.

List of internal supervisors of the University and some of the external supervisors who are willing to guide/ supervise research candidates are available with School/ Centre of the University. Candidates can opt for any of the supervisor(s) subject to availability and expertise in the area/ discipline, of research being pursued by the candidate.

At any time, a research supervisor shall not guide more than 6-12 candidates prescribed for M.Phil/ Ph.D candidates by the University taking into consideration independent supervision/ joint supervision of candidates to be taken for research guidance. The University may allow a change of supervisor under exceptional circumstances, on the recommendation of the Research Council.All the Professors and the Readers of IGNOU shall be eligible to be research supervisors in the discipline concerned of the University. All IGNOU teachers/ academics including lecturers/ ARDs, with a Ph.D degree with five years of teaching experience shall be eligible to be recognized as research supervisor.

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