PhD will now be mandatory from 2023
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has postponed the requirement of a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree for the recruitment of Assistant Professors until July 2023.
That is, for the time being, applicants who do not have a Ph.D. are also eligible for the positions of Asst. Professor.
Under the new rules, a Ph.D. degree is not required until 2023, while recruitment of eligible candidates will continue based on the UGC’s National Eligibility Test Score.
An official letter from the commission stated that with effect from July 1, 2023, the Ph.D. shall be a compulsory qualification for direct enrollment to the position of Assistant Professor in the Universities’ Departments. This eligibility criterion has been made as per, an amendment made by UGC (Minimum Qualifications for Appointment of Teachers and Other Academic Staff in Universities and Colleges and Measures for the Maintenance of Standards in Higher Education), Regulation, 2018 concerning clause 3.10.
Moreover, the commission made this decision as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which halted the research work of Ph.D. candidates for one and a half years.
Students who were unable to complete their PhDs due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, earlier thisyear petitioned the central government to ease their eligibility criteria for this year.
In 2018, the UGC established the standards for entry-level enrollment at colleges and universities. At that time, candidates were given a 3-year time to finish their PhDs. The University Grant Commission also ordered all universities and colleges to implement the recruitment standards from the beginning of the 2021-22 academic year.
These new rules and measures will likely help in filling the vacant faculty posts in higher education institutions at a quicker pace than usual.
Under current norms, applicants who qualify for the Teacher Eligibility Test in SET, SLET, and NET are eligible to apply for the position of Asst. Professor. Candidates who have completed a Ph.D. program as per all UGC regulations will be exempt from the fundamental requirements of the minimum qualification standards.
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