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Opinion NEP 2020 | What about the MPhil? | Prof. Bishakha Majumdar | IIM Vishakhapatnam

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 _

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Time Stamping

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.

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