The New Education Policy represents a major overhauling of pedagogical and systemic processes in Indian education, from the pre-primary level through to higher education. Among several proposed changes, such as emphasizing a multidisciplinary and multilingual approach, one provision stands out: the discontinuation of the MPhil program. In India, a Master of Philosophy, or MPhil, can be enrolled in after completing a master’s degree such as an MA (Master of Arts) or MSc (Master of Science).
It is typically a two-year course intended for those students who may not seek to pursue a Ph.D. but still seek further knowledge development in a particular discipline, with special emphasis on research.
Earlier, the MPhil program could also serve as a bridge between master’s level courses and a Ph.D.; however, the NEP 2020 does away with the program, instead suggesting greater flexibility in postgraduate education. However, what does this mean for more practice-based MPhils like an MPhil in clinical psychology?
In conversation with Prof. Bishakha Majumdar. Prof. Bishakha Majumdar has completed her doctoral program in Organizational Behavior/ Human Resource Management at the Indian Institute of Management Indore, on the topic ‘Dual Influence of Career Expectancy Beliefs on Intention to Quit: Explaining through Marketability’.
She has worked as a faculty of Psychology at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the University of Calcutta, has been a UGC Project Fellow for the DRS program on Student Mental Health and Health Seeking Behavior, and a Master Trainer for HIV/AIDS counsellors under the World Bank GFATM (Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis, & Malaria) Program.
Prior to joining IIM Visakhapatnam, she has been an Assistant Professor at FORE School of Management, New Delhi, for 3.5 years.
Education: FPM, IIM Indore (OB/HRM). UGC-NET (Labor Welfare, Management). M.Sc. (Applied Psychology) & B.Sc. (Psychology), University of Calcutta.
Awards and Recognitions:
• Winner, HRM Category. ISB-Ivey Global Case Competition 2018
• Best Case Award 2018 – 3rd Place. William Davidson Institute 25th Anniversary Case Writing Competition, University of Michigan, USA
• Honorable Mention. ISB-Ivey Global Case Competition 2015
• Surya Pattnaik Award for Management Research 2013 – 2nd Prize
. National Academy of Applied Psychology Conference 2013
• Anima Sen Memorial Award for Excellence in Research 2012
– Best paper published in the Journal of Indian Academy of Applied Psychology in 2011-12
• IAAP Young Scientist Award 2011 – Best paper in the Young Scientist category in the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology 2011
• JSB Best Paper Presentation Award – International Conference on People Management, Jyotirmoy School of Business, West Bengal, 2011
• Anima Sen Memorial Award 2009 – 2nd rank in M.Sc.
. Applied Psychology in University of Calcutta _
1:38 A perspective on NEP2020
4:43 A discussion on discontinuation of the MPhil (RCI and MPhil is Psychology)
10:55 MPhil and Ph.D. admission at IIMs.