ugc decision on phd for asst professors, Phd no longer mandatory for assistant professors of universities: UGC – ugc decision phd no longer mandatory for assistant professors net slet set to be minimum criteria

PhD is no longer mandatory for Assistant Professor posts in universities of the country. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has clarified that National Eligibility Test (NET), State Eligibility Test (SET), State Level Eligibility Test (SLET) are the minimum criteria for direct recruitment to Assistant Professor posts in higher education institutions.

The UGC has confirmed this point in the 2nd Amendment Rules to the Minimum Qualification Rules for Recruitment of Lecturers and other Academic Staff in Universities and Colleges of Higher Education.

The amendment also applies to other measures required for quality management in higher education under the University Grants Commission Rules, 2023.

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The UGC had earlier mandated PhD as the minimum qualification for the posts of assistant professors in universities in 2021. But this rule has been made optional from July 01 of the current year.

In 2018, the Universities Grants Commission had proposed to make PhD mandatory for the entry level teaching posts of universities and colleges. Also, 3 years time was given to the candidates to complete their Ph.D. It also instructed universities and colleges to start making PhD qualification mandatory from the academic year 2021-22. But now in the recent amendment the PhD eligibility has been withdrawn.

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