Phd degree is not mandatory for an assistant professor job and a big declaration by UGC

PhD degree is no longer mandatory for the post of assistant professor in higher education institutions including colleges and universities. However, in case of direct recruitment, the job seeker must pass National Eligibility Test (NET), State Eligibility Test (SET) or State Level Eligibility Test (SLET).

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has informed this in a notification. UGC Chairman Jagdish Kumar tweeted on Wednesday that the revised new rules came into effect on July 1.

The rules have been amended in the appointment of academic posts including teachers in higher education institutions including UGC-approved colleges and universities. A notification in this regard has also been issued by the University Grants Commission on June 30. It has been said, 'A phD degree is no longer mandatory for appointment to the post of assistant professor. But the applicant must have passed NET, SET or SLATE. Anyone who has not passed those three exams cannot be directly appointed to the post of assistant professor. The new guidelines of UGC have opened the doors of employment for NET, SET and SLATE passers without PhD degree.

It is to be noted that in the last year 2021, the University Grants Commission issued a circular and informed that it is not mandatory to have a PhD degree in the appointment of assistant professors until July 2023. The old instructions in this regard are temporarily suspended. Before the expiry of that deadline, the UGC authorities decided to scrap the decision to make PhD degree mandatory for the post of assistant professor.

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