HIGHLIGHTS:

  • · The decision was taken ahead of students requesting to loosen the criteria, as many were not able to complete their PhDs amidst the pandemic
  • · The government has decided to put a hold on the mandatory Ph.D. criteria this year, students who have a post-graduate degree and passed the National Eligibility Test (NET), will continue to be eligible for the criteria
  • · Dharmendra Pradhan has asked the central universities to fill up the 6000 vacant seats by the end of October

Considering the pandemic situation, the government has decided to put a hold on making Ph.D. the minimum qualification for the recruitment of assistant professors this year. Back in 2018, the criteria were set by the University Grants Commission (UGC). In the present situation, a three-year window was given by the Commission to the students so that they can finish off their PhDs, and it has also asked the colleges and universities to put in the criteria in terms of recruitment in the 2021-2022 academic session.

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has said, “The government has decided to put on hold the mandatory Ph.D. requirement for assistant professors post for this year. We were receiving a lot of requests from candidates who wanted to apply for the post but were unable to fulfill their Ph.D. requirement.”

Candidates who are having a post-graduate degree and have cleared the National Eligibility Test (NET) will remain eligible as regards the recruitment of the post. According to sources, a UGC official has said, “the UGC will soon release a circular to all higher education institutions regarding this decision. It will help colleges and universities to quickly fill all the vacant seats.”

Central universities were instructed by Pradhan in September to fill the 6000 teaching vacancies by the end of October. The issue was raised by the Delhi University Teachers Association representatives when they met UGC officials on September 15.

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