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PhD Not Mandatory, NET Qualification Sufficient For Assistant Professors Posts

According to Telangana Today, M Jagadesh Kumar, the University Grants Commission (UGC) chairperson, announced at the inauguration of the newly constructed UGC-HRDC building on the Osmania University (OU) campus that a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is not necessary for recruitment to the posts of Assistant Professors in central universities. Kumar stated that a qualification in the Commission’s National Eligibility Test (NET) would suffice. This decision aims to allow professionals without PhDs to be appointed as assistant professors in universities throughout India and provide opportunities to experts who desire to teach but lack a PhD degree.

Kumar also mentioned that a one nation-one data portal is being developed to provide all UGC guidelines and other crucial information to candidates. Kumar added that quality education will be extended directly to students via the National Digital University beginning the next academic year.


Previously, the Central government had amended the Commission’s regulations that made PhD the minimum eligibility criterion for hiring assistant professors. The new guidelines were to be implemented in 2021

but were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Reports suggest that the implementation has been postponed until July 2023. However, hiring has continued based on the University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) score.

PhD Not Mandatory

Meanwhile, the National Testing Agency (NTA) has begun the registration process for the Joint CSIR-UGC NET Examination for December-2022 and June-2023. Candidates can apply on the official website at The application process will remain active until April 10 at 5 pm, while the last date to fill the application form with a late fee is April 10 at 11:50 pm. The exam for the same will be held on June 6, 7, and 8.

The exam is conducted to determine the eligibility of Indian nationals for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF), lectureship (LS), and assistant professor positions across universities in India. The exam is conducted for papers that include chemical sciences, earth, atmospheric, ocean, and planetary sciences, life sciences, mathematical sciences, and physical sciences. The medium of the exam will be English and Hindi.


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