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PhD mandatory for recruitment of university teachers from 2021-22: Javadekar

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

PhD has been made mandatory for recruitment of teachers in universities from 2021-22 and cracking the (NET) would not be accepted as the only eligibility criteria, said today.

However, masters degree with NET or PhD would continue to be the minimum eligibility criteria for direct recruitment in colleges, a said.

Currently, those who hold PhD degree or are NET qualified with masters degree are eligible to apply for assistant professor, the entry level position, in universities.

Announcing the new regulations of the (UGC), Javadekar said Academic Performance Indicators (API), which was resisted by many as research was made compulsory for college teachers, has been scrapped so that they could focus on teaching students.

"The whole effort is to improve quality of higher and to attract and retain the best talent in the country. All the incentives of earlier regulations have been maintained, but the 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 to undergraduate students," he told reporters here.

The said teaching outcomes would be considered for promotion and if a does research work, it would attract additional points for promotion.

"The new recruitment for universities will be only PhD holders. We have given time of three years. So from 2021, assistant (entry level position) will have to hold PhDs, Javadekar said.

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

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

The regulations also mandate newly recruited teachers in universities and colleges to undergo one month compulsory induction programme, Javadekar said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 18:45 IST