PhD Candidates will be Exempted from Clearing NET for Assistant Professor: UGC New Regulations Invite Feedbacks
In a landmark development that will have greater impact on the Direct Recruitment process adopted by the Universities, Colleges, and other higher educational institutes, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has released Draft of new Regulations on Minimum Qualifications for Appointment of Teachers and Other Academic Staff in these institutes.
In the draft of these new regulations, the UGC has suggested many changes and revises norms in minimum eligibility rules for the engagement of assistant professors in various universities and institutes.
PhD degree holders will be exempted from the requirement of the minimum eligibility condition of NET/SLET/SET for recruitment and appointment of Assistant Professor or equivalent positions in Universities / Colleges / Institutions.
The Draft clarified that the National Eligibility Test (NET), or an accredited test (State Level Eligibility Test SET/SLET) shall remain the minimum eligibility for appointment of Assistant Professor and equivalent positions wherever provided in these regulations. Further, SLET/SET shall be valid as the minimum eligibility for direct recruitment to Universities/Colleges/Institutions under the control of the respective state only.
PhD Degree holders will get advantage: In another new change, the Draft Report of the new Regulation said the PhD Degree shall be a mandatory qualification for promotion to the post of Assistant Professor (Selection Grade/Academic Level 12) in Universities. The draft mentioned that the PhD Degree shall be a mandatory qualification for direct recruitment to the post of Assistant Professor in Universities with effect from 01 July 2021. For promotion to the post of Assistant Professor (Selection Grade/Academic Level 12) in Colleges, the PhD shall be a mandatory qualification if the date of eligibility falls on or after 01 July 2021.
The PhD Degree shall be a mandatory qualification for the appointment and promotion to the post of Professors. The PhD Degree shall be a mandatory qualification for appointment and promotion to the post of Associate Professors.
Time spent during PhD course will not be counted as Teaching Experience: The period of time taken by candidates to acquire MPhil and/or PhD Degree shall not be considered as teaching/ research experience to be claimed for appointment to the teaching positions. Further the period of active service spent on pursuing Research Degree simultaneously with teaching assignment without taking any kind of leave shall be counted as teaching experience for the purpose of direct recruitment/ promotion. The period of leave taken for pursuing Research Degree i.e. for acquiring PhD degree shall not be counted as teaching experience for the purpose of direct recruitment/ promotion.
The Draft categorized the teaching staff in broadly five types: Assistant Professors, Associate Professors, Professors, Senior Professors, and Principals.
The minimum qualifications required for the post of Assistant Professors, Associate Professors, Professors, Senior Professors, Principals, Assistant Librarians, Deputy Librarians, Librarians, Assistant Directors of Physical Education and Sports, Deputy Directors of Physical Education and Sports and Directors of Physical Education and Sports, shall be as prescribed by the UGC in these Regulations.
Source – Skill Outlook