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People with Ph.D Degree Only To Be Recruited As Assistant Professors

UGC issues new regulation, to be implemented from July 1, 2021

Indian Universities will soon be taking only such people for their faculty, who have got a Ph.D Degree in their resume. University Grants Commission (UGC) has made it mandatory for direct recruitment as Assistant Professors in universities.

This has been done with a vision to attract and retain the best quality teachers and other academic staff in Universities and Colleges. Its new regulations were announced by Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for Human Resource Development, while addressing media persons in New Delhi on Thursday.

Javdekar said that the Commission will provide incentives to teachers as provided in the earlier Regulations of 2010 and subsequent amendments have been retained.

These include incentives for M.Phil/Ph.D. API based PBAS System has been removed. A new simplified teacher evaluation grading system has been introduced and research score added for Universities to improve research output.

Promotion criteria under CAS for University teachers has been made more research oriented while in case of College teachers, CAS criteria is more focused on teaching.For the first time, provision for promotion in Colleges will be up to Professor level.

Special provision for recruitment of Assistant Professors in Universities and Colleges for Ph.D Degree holders from a University/Institution in the top 500 Global rankings has been made.

The regulations mandate introduction of one month induction program for newly recruited Assistant Professors in Universities/Colleges/Higher Education Institutions.

Ph.D Degree has been made mandatory for promotion to Assistant Professor (Selection Grade) in colleges from July 1, 2021. For the first time, weightage has been assigned for CAS in respect to MOOCs and E-Content in Universities and Colleges. Research clusters will be created in the Universities within the State for sharing research facilities, skills and infrastructure to ensure optimal utilization of resources and creating synergies amongst higher education institutions.

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