PhD not mandatory for Assistant Professor posts- On Friday, University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Prof. M Jagadesh Kumar made an historic announcement: no longer is a PhD required for Assistant Professor posts at universities and colleges across India. This announcement came while officially opening the UGC-HRDC building at Osmania University (OU) campus for this purpose on Friday morning.
According to the new eligibility criteria, candidates who have qualified the UGC NET can now apply for Assistant Professor positions in universities and colleges. This change is expected to benefit thousands of applicants who were previously required to possess a PhD for such posts. Nonetheless, UGC Chairman clarified that having either a PhD degree is still required in order to be employed as either regular professor or associate professor.
Though an official announcement regarding the new criteria for Assistant Professor recruitment has yet to be released, candidates are encouraged to keep checking the UGC website or official social media handles for any updates. Furthermore, UGC expects to provide a comprehensive set of details regarding this matter shortly thereafter.
According to the new eligibility criteria, candidates with a postgraduate degree and UGC NET qualification can apply for Assistant Professor jobs across colleges and universities in India. Further details will be made available once an official notice is released.
In addition to the new eligibility criteria, UGC Chairman also revealed that a one-nation-one data portal will be created and the UGC guidelines uploaded onto it.
The announcement by the UGC Chairman has been welcomed by aspiring Assistant Professors who had been experiencing difficulty securing a PhD due to various reasons. This step will hopefully create an equal playing field for candidates who cannot pursue their PhD due to financial obligations or other constraints.
Overall, the new eligibility criteria for Assistant Professor recruitment is expected to benefit a vast number of candidates across the country and give them more chances for career growth in academia.
The UGC’s decision to make UGC NET qualification the sole eligibility criteria for Assistant Professor recruitment has sparked mixed reactions from academics. While some have welcomed this step as it provides new opportunities to those without PhDs, others have voiced worries about compromising educational quality due to a lack of PhDs in teaching faculty positions.
However, UGC Chairman has assured that these new eligibility criteria won’t compromise education or research quality in any way. He stated that UGC will continue to make sure universities and colleges uphold the highest standards for both teaching and research, with only qualified and competent candidates being recruited for Assistant Professor positions. In conclusion, this move should bring greater inclusivity in academia by giving talented individuals who were previously excluded due to PhD requirements an opportunity.
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