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PhD must for recruitment of teachers in universities from 2021, says Prakash Javadekar

  June 14, 2018

The Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar at a press briefing announced that PhD degree will be a must for teaching at university level for the entry-level designation of Assistant Professor from 2021.

Master's degree with NET to be the minimum eligibility criteria:

Meanwhile, master's degree with National Eligibility Test (NET) or PhD would continue to be the minimum eligibility criteria for direct recruitment in colleges.

Further, announcing the new regulations of the University Grants Commission (UGC), Prakash Javadekar said Academic Performance Indicators (API), resisted by many as research was made compulsory for college teachers, has been scrapped so that they can focus on teaching.

Here's what Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said:

"The whole effort is to improve the quality of higher education and to attract and retain the best talent in the country. All the incentives of earlier regulations have been maintained, but the API for college teachers has been removed.

"Now college teachers would not have to mandatorily do research but will have to essentially concentrate and give better education to undergraduate students," said Javadekar.

However, PhD degree has been made mandatory for promotion to assistant professor (Selection grade) in colleges from 2021, Javadekar said.

Simplified teacher evaluation grading system:

A new and simplified teacher evaluation grading system has been introduced and teaching outcomes would be considered for promotion.

"New recruitment for universities will be only PhD holders. We have given a time of three years. So from 2021, assistant professor (entry level position) will have to hold PhD degree," Javadekar added.

PhD from top 500 varsities abroad will be eligible for appointment in universities:

All the Indian students who have got their PhD degree from top 500 universities abroad will also be eligible for appointment in universities and colleges. Currently, such students are not eligible to take up teaching jobs in the Indian universities and colleges.

According to the new regulations, for the first time, provision for promotion in colleges will be up to professor level, he said.

DU not among top 500 ranked universities

Former Delhi University VC Dinesh Singh told HT that it was ironical because DU isn't in the Top 500 globally, the University of Delhi will, in effect, not be able to hire its own PhDs directly and require them to clear NET.

"I have first-hand knowledge of so many doctoral students of the universities whose doctoral work have been deemed outstanding at the global level and have been published in outstanding research journals. Such PhDs will be humiliated by making them take the NET exam," he told HT.

Compulsory induction programme:

Also, it would be mandatory for newly recruited teachers in universities and colleges to undergo one-month compulsory induction programme.

Furthermore, speaking over allegations of bogus certificates being offered by a university in Rajasthan, Javadekar said, "We have already started an inquiry (into it)."