PhD is optional for the posts of Assistant Professors in Universities: UGC Chairman

Edited by: Damini Solanki

Last updated time: 12 March 2023, 17:34 IST

Qualified UGC NET candidates can apply for the recruitment of Assistant Professors in Universities and Colleges (File Photo/News18)

The decision is being taken to appoint non-PhD professionals as assistant professors in Indian universities.

University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman M Jagadesh Kumar said Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is not mandatory for recruitment to the posts of Assistant Professors in central universities. Speaking at the inauguration of the newly constructed UGC-HRDC building at the Osmania University (OU) campus, Kumar said the Commission’s National Eligibility Test (NET) qualification would be sufficient for this, Telangana Today reported.

The decision is being taken to appoint non-PhD professionals as assistant professors in Indian universities. In addition, the move aims to provide opportunities for professionals who want to teach at universities but cannot do so because they do not have a PhD.

M Jagadesh Kumar said that a single nation data portal is being developed which will provide all the guidelines and other important details on UGC to the candidates. Kumar said that from the next academic year, quality education will be provided directly to students through the National Digital University.

The Central government had earlier amended the Commission’s rules to make PhD as the minimum eligibility criteria for recruitment of associate professors. The new guidelines were supposed to come into force in 2021, but were delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Media reports suggest it was later extended to July 2023. But for now, the recruitment continued on the basis of the University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) score.

Also, the National Testing Agency (NTA) has started the registration process for the Joint CSIR-UGC NET exam in December 2022 and June 2023. Candidates can apply at official site According to the schedule, the application process will be active until April 10 at 17:00. The last date for filling the application form with late payment is 10 April to 11:50 PM. Therefore, the exam will be held on June 6, 7 and 8.

The examination is conducted to determine the eligibility of Indian nationals for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF), Lectureship (LS) and Assistant Professorships in Indian universities.

The exam is conducted for papers covering chemical sciences, earth, atmospheric, oceanic and planetary sciences, life sciences, mathematical sciences and physical sciences. The exam will be in English and Hindi.

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