Along with UGC NET, PhD Also Must For University Teachers | Check Major Changes Here

The government is soon likely to notify about all the new qualifications as well as the related measurements in context to the maintenance of the standards for higher education. As per the changes, a PhD degree will be necessary to be possessed for the teachers of the University level. This shall also be applicable for the post of the assistant professors which is the designation of instructors at the entry level in the universities.

As of now, the minimum eligibility criteria for the post of an assistant professor was that he/she should have cleared the UGC NET (National Eligibility Test) as well as have a Masters Degree. This necessity of having a PhD degree will be applicable from 2021. Along with this, some other changes have also been proposed.

Induction Programs To Be Introduced For Teachers | Check Details Here

As per the inside sources by the Human Resource Development (HRD), the changes have been proposed with a view to uplift and upgrade the quality of education which is being formulated in the higher education sector. Adding to this, the University Grants Commission (UGC) will soon be defining the minimum qualification for the candidates applying for the different teacher posts. Apart from UGC NET, now PhD will also be an essential qualification.

The teachers will also be undergoing a mandatory induction program which will be one month long. This induction program shall be conducted before beginning with the work. The teachers will also have to devote two hours time in order to mentor the students in context to the development as well as the extra-curricular activities. These changes have been drafted in a policy document which are likely to be applicable by 2021.

Check Other Major Changes To Be Introduced By University Grants Commission

Along with the PhD, the students will have to appear for the NET or the state level eligibility test. Whereas, all the ones who have obtained their PhD before 2009 need not appear for the National Eligibility Test. Along with these, the other features included in the regulations include the introduction of a teacher evaluation grading system which is simplified in nature, doing away with the API based appraisal as well as the addition of the research score in order to improve the level of the research output.

PhD will now be considered mandatory in order to promote the level of the associate as well as the assistant professors of the selection grades in various colleges and universities. All the candidates who have attained their PhD degree from the institutions which have a place in the top 500 ranking amongst the World University Ranking (at any time) by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), the Times Higher Education (THE) or the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Shanghai) need not necessarily appear for the NET.


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