PhD Tag Necessary to be an Assistant Professor from 2021

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In addition to the PhD, aspirants will have to clear the National Eligibility Test or an accredited state level eligibility test or other similar exams, to promote efficiency in teaching

From 2021, a PhD will be a must for teaching at university level even for assistant professors, which is the entry-level designation for instructors in universities, according to a draft policy document by a leading daily.

Enhancing the quality of education

According to a Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry official, these changes have been made to enhance the quality of education in the higher education sector. The official also added that the University Grants Commission (UGC) will soon define the minimum qualifications for teachers. So far, at the entry level, the minimum eligibility requirement for an assistant professor was that they should have cleared the National Eligibility Test (NET) and have a Masters degree.

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Teachers will undergo a mandatory, month-long induction programme before starting work and also have to devote two hours for mentoring of students for community development

extra-curricular activities. So far, at the entry level the minimum eligibility requirement for an assistant professor was that they should have cleared the National Eligibility Test (NET) and have a Masters degree.

Applicable from 2021 and promotion scheme

The Seventh Pay Commission had recommended that PhD should be the minimum eligibility for recruitment at universities. After much consideration, it was decided that it should be applicable from 2021. NET as the minimum eligibility criteria is important for a diverse country and as there are so many different subjects.

Promotions in colleges up to the level of associate professor will be based on teaching-centric metrics and in universities, teaching and research-centric. A PhD has also been made mandatory for promotion to the level of associate professor in colleges and assistant professor (Selection Grade) in universities.

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