UGC Relaxes Rules for Appointment of Faculty & Research Scholars

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UGC Relaxes Norms

UGC (University Grants Commission) has amended its regulation on faculty recruitment to relax the minimum eligibility conditions for appointment of assistant professors in colleges and universities.

UGC has also relaxed norms allowing female and differently abled research scholars eight years, instead of the current six years, to complete their PhD degrees and three years, instead of two, to complete MPhil degrees. Women candidates will also be provided maternity and child care leave of up to 240 days once in the duration of their M.Phil or Ph.D programmes.

HRD Ministry Relaxes Appointment Rules

The higher education regulator, on the advice of the HRD Ministry, exempted candidates registered for M.Phil/PhD programme before July 11, 2009, from clearing the National Eligibility Test (NET) or the State Level Eligibility Test (SLET) in order to become eligible for appointment as assistant professors in colleges and universities. The decision was taken at UGC’s meeting Monday and announced by Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani the same evening.

UGC relaxes Norms

This exemption, however, is only valid if the candidate meets certain conditions, including that of the PhD degree being awarded in regular mode, the research thesis being evaluated by at least two external examiners. Further, the candidate should have appeared for viva voce and published at least two papers based on the PhD thesis in research journals and, lastly, the candidate should also have made at least two presentations at conferences or seminars.

Earlier, as per the 2009 regulations on qualification for appointment of teachers in colleges and universities, the UGC made it compulsory for all PhD holders to have qualified NET/ SLET to become assistant professors.

Norms Changed for Differently Abled Students & Females

The UGC has also relaxed norms allowing female and differently abled research scholars eight years, instead of the current six years, to complete their PhD degrees and three years, instead of two, to complete MPhil degrees. Women candidates will also be provided maternity and child care leave of up to 240 days once in the duration of their M.Phil or Ph.D programmes.

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With inputs from the Indian Express

  • ritika

    when will new rules start applying ?

    • Since the Official Announcement has been made by the HRD Ministry and the UGC, I think the new norms should be implemented from this academic year itself.

  • Sahil

    Don’t you think this is unfair for students who have already qualified NET ? What’s the point of clearing the exam when the norms have been relaxed for others

    • Sahil , the exemption has been made ONLY for students who are registered for P.hD/M.Phil before July 11, 2009.

      Others still have to give the exam.

  • Ashutosh Mukherjee

    Please share the link of the original order. I can not find it.

    • Ashutosh, you’ll find all the details on the official website of UGC.