Pune: According to the new minimum qualification for recruitment of professors and other academic staff in universities and colleges, a PhD degree has been made as mandatory qualification for direct recruitment to the post of assistant and associate professors in universities. This norm will come into effect from the year 2021.
As per the new rule, the candidate holding a PhD does not require National Eligibilty Test (NET)/State Eligibility Test (SET)/State Level Eligibility Test (SLET) qualification for direct appointment in universities.
Also, PhD will remain a mandatory qualification for appointment and promotion to the post of assistant professors, associate professors and professors in universities.
As per the new regulation, ‘The candidates, who have been awarded a PhD degree in accordance with the University Grants Commission (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of MPhil/PhD Degree) Regulation, 2009, or the University Grants Commission (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of MPhil/PhD Degree) Regulation, 2016, and their subsequent amendments from time to time, as the case may be, shall be exempted from the requirement of the minimum eligibility condition of NET/SLET/SET for recruitment and appointment of assistant professor or any equivalent position in any university, college or institution.’
“PhD degree has been the qualification of most of the teaching staff during recruitment in SPPU. Certainly there were few exceptions as in like at least 20 per cent were appointed on the basis of NET/SET qualification but now that has been barred. So this new regulation will not make much difference to the rules followed in university,” said registrar of SPPU, Arvind Shaligram.
“Of course this will raise the quality of universities, as a PhD holder is learned and matured and has better understanding of the subject, therefore her/his knowledge will reflect in imparting education to students,” added Shaligram.
‘Study leave for college teachers’
UGC’s new norms also directs the colleges to give ‘study leave’ to teachers to complete their PhD degree.
“The time taken by candidates to acquire M Phil or PhD shall not be considered as teaching/research experience to be claimed for appointment to the teaching positions. Further, the period of active service spent on pursuing research degree simultaneously with teaching assignment without taking any kind of leave, shall be counted as teaching experience for the purpose of direct recruitment or promotion,” directs UGC.
It also states ‘regular faculty members up to 20 per cent of the total faculty strength (excluding faculty on medical / maternity leave) shall be allowed by their respective institutions to take study leave for pursuing PhD degree.’
“This will be beneficial for many college teachers who are unable to complete their research due to their hectic teaching schedule. A regular faculty at college has to complete over 20 classes per week. Apart from this, the teachers are involved in several other activities. It becomes difficult for them to concentrate on research papers as well. This move will ease their work load a bit,” said KC Mohite, Principal of CT Bora College, Shirur.