UGC Professor Eligibility 2022 Latest Update: University Grants Commission Plans to bring in Industry Experts without PhD or NET qualification

UGC Professor Eligibility 2022 Latest Update: University Grant commission is planning to introduce lateral entry for professors in universities and colleges by bringing in Industry Experts without PhD or NET qualification as faculty members.

Created On: Mar 14, 2022 11:58 IST
Modified On: Mar 16, 2022 10:21 IST
UGC Professor Eligibility 2022 Latest Update
UGC Professor Eligibility 2022 Latest Update

UGC Professor Eligibility 2022 Latest Update: As per the latest news, University Grant Commission (UGC) has proposed to introduce lateral entry for professors in universities and colleges akin to the lateral entry scheme in the civil services. UGC has plans to introduce a system under which industry experts can teach as full-time or part time faculty members in central universities. According to the proposal, the Industry experts in fields like engineering, policy, communications, among others, will be able to teach as full-time and part-time faculty members in colleges and universities, even if they don’t hold a Ph.D. or haven’t qualified the National Eligibility Test (NET). These industry experts will work as ‘Professors of Practice”.

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UGC working to bring in Industry Experts without PhD or NET qualification

UGC charperson M Jagadesh Kumar said ““There are many experts who want to teach. There could be someone who has implemented large projects and has a lot of on-the-ground experience, or there could be a great dancer or a musician. But we can’t appoint them going by the present rules. Therefore, it was decided that special positions will be created.”

He further stated that “There would be no need for a PhD, the experts will just need to have demonstrated experience in a given domain. These positions can be either permanent or temporary depending on the experts’and institutions’ requirements. Experts who have superannuated at the age of 60 can also join as full or part-time faculty and work till the age of 65.”

The new education policy (introduced in 2020) calls for better collaboration between education institutions and industry and hence we have thought of bringing in people from industry to teach in our institutions. They will be most beneficial in teaching subjects in emerging areas,” he added.

These areas include subjects like artificial intelligence, robotics, mechatronics, etc. Currently, there is no provision for colleges and universities to employ industry experts, who don’t have a PhD or a NET qualification.

We will constitute a committee that will look into the details of how we can introduce this provision. The committee will submit its report and, based on the recommendations, we will forward the idea to the Ministry of Education for their approval. The existing provisions for faculty recruitment will have to be revised in order to include the new rules,” he added.

Once the rules are finalised, there will be scope for industry experts to work as both permanent and visiting faculty in colleges and universities. The UGC is also planning a centralised portal to track, streamline and ensure appointments of teachers without delay. According to the ministry of education, as of December 2021, there were over 10,000 teaching positions lying vacant in centrally

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Extension of Date Regarding Ph.D. as mandatory requirement for appointment of Assistant professors in departments of the Universities

Earlier, UGC (Minimum Qualifications for Appointment of Teachers and other Academic Staff in Universities and Colleges and other Measures for the Maintenance of Standards in Higher Education) Regulations, 2018 stipulates that Ph.D. degree shall be mandatory qualification for direct recruitment to the post of Assistant professors in universities from 1st July 2021. The UGC, in view of COVID-19 pandemic, has decided to extend the date of applicability of Ph.D. as mandatory qualification for direct recruitment of Assistant professors from 1st July 2021 to 1st July 2023. Accordingly, an Amendment to the aforesaid Regulations has been notified in the Gazette on 11th October 2021.

In the University Grants Commission (Minimum Qualifications for Appointment of Teachers and other Academic Staff in Universities and Colleges and other Measures for the Maintenance of Standards in Higher Education) Regulations, 2018, in regulation 3, for sub-regulation 3.10, the following sub-regulation shall be substituted, namely:-

‘‘The Ph.D. Degree shall be a mandatory qualification for direct recruitment to the post of Assistant Professor in Departments of the Universities with effect from 01.07.2023.”

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FAQ

Q1. What are the eligibility criteria for Assistant Professor as per UGC?

According To The UGC Regulation 2021, The Minimum Eligibility Criteria For The Assistant Professor, JRF Or Equivalent Posts In The UGC Approved Universities Are As Follows: SET/SLET Qualified NET Certificates And A Master's Degree. Minimum 55% Marks In Post-Graduation For The Recruitment Of Teachers Or Ph. D.

Q2. Is NET exam compulsory for Assistant Professor?

Yes, It's Mandatory And Compulsory If You Want To Be An Assistant Professor/Lecturer Across India. According To The UGC Rule, Only The UGC NET/CSIR NET/ICAR NET Exam Is The Gateway Or Entry For Becoming Assistant Professor. Ph.D. Candidates Are Not Exempted From Appearing In UGC NET.

Q3. How can I become UGC professor?

To apply for this exam, you must have a master's degree with at least 55% marks secured from a recognized university, to be eligible for this exam. Once you clear the exam and receive the UGC NET Certificate, you can apply for Assistant Professor profile in reputed colleges and universities across the country.
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