Only a few months remain for UGC to hold power over the conduction of one of the major exam of the country namely UGC-NET, which is used to identify exceptionally bright students of the country in their respective disciplines. As per the edict of the Union Cabinet passed in November 2017, UGC will lose its autonomous power over the conduction of this highly esteemed exam which will be then passed on to National Testing Agency (NTA). The July session of NET, conducted on 8th July was the last exam conducted by UGC.
Now, months before UGC loses its hold over NET it have declared some new rules on the appointment of Assistant professors in the country which can be said to be a good news for many aspiring individuals who want to contribute to the field of education and help in developing the next generation as capable citizens of the country.
Some of the new rules set for the recruitment of Assistant Professors in the different universities of the country are:-
- Rules set for PhD
- Any holder of a Ph.D. degree will be exempted from the compulsion of qualifying in NET/SET/SLET, which was the rule earlier. A Ph.D. degree will be enough for a candidate to be accepted for the post of an assistant professor.
- The policy further added “Candidates who have been awarded a Ph.D. Degree in accordance with the University Grants Commission (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of M.Phil./Ph.D. Degree) Regulation, 2009, or the University Grants Commission (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of M.Phil/Ph.D. 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.”
- ‘Ph.D. degree from a university/ institution with a ranking in top 500 in the World University ranking (at any time) by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), the Times Higher Education (THE) and Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Shanghai).’
- Rules changed with respect to graduation marks
- Graduation marks will also take a leading place in the selection of assistant professors. Different scores are set for different categories of marks in the selection process:-
- 80% and above – 15
- 60-80% – 13
- 55-60% – 10
- 45-55% – 5
- Rules changed for the number of hours of workload
- The minimum hours of workload have been reduced from 40 to 30 hours per week.
- For an associate professor /professor the minimum workload is set at 14 hours per week and for an assistant professor, it is 16 hours per week.
I believe these new changes will bring smile to the faces of many students and aspiring teachers or professors. The pressure on them for qualifying for the post is sure to decrease with this which will also give them a mental relaxation. I hope these rules help many to get themselves involved with the education process and program of the country.