New Delhi: Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey today in a written reply to a Lok Sabha question informed that the University Grants Commission (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of M.Phil./ Ph.D Degrees), Regulation, 2016, mandates that after successful completion of the evaluation process and before awarding M.Phil./PhD degree, the concerned institute shall submit an electronic copy of the dissertation submitted by the student on the Information and Library Network (INFLIBNET). In order to facilitate the implementation of this provision Shodhganga repository was set up. The task of setting-up of this repository was assigned to INFLIBNET Centre, Gandhinagar - an Inter-University Centre of the University Grants Commission (UGC).
Shodhganga allows universities to deposit their theses to the respective departments/centres. It also allows online and offline submission of theses by students on voluntary basis. Shodhganga interface currently supports basic search, advanced search and subject-wise browsing. So far 1,35,942 theses have been submitted via Shodhganga and according to INFLIBNET Centre, Gandhinagar no university has so far shown any reluctance to join the scheme.