Decoding proposed new norms for entry level faculty posts in Universities

New Delhi, 28 February 2018: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has invited Feedbacks and  Comments on Draft Paper – UGC Regulations for (Minimum Qualifications for Appointment of Teachers and Other Academic Staff in Universities & Colleges and measures for the Maintenance of Standards in Higher Education) 2018. The last date for submission of comments is 28 February 2018 by midnight.

The UGC has proposed many changes in norms for recruiting faculty posts in universities and colleges. These changes include minimum qualification, recruitment process, career advancement promotions, appointments on contract basis, teaching days, selection parameters, etc.  Here SkillOutlook presents the proposed new norms for entry level faculty posts (Assistant Professors) in University.


New Eligibility Conditions: The National Eligibility Test (NET), or an accredited test (State Level Eligibility Test SET/SLET) shall remain the minimum eligibility for appointment of Assistant Professor and equivalent positions wherever provided in these regulations. Further, SLET/SET shall be valid as the minimum eligibility for direct recruitment to Universities/Colleges/Institutions under the control of the respective state only.

Candidates having PhD exempted from NET for Assistant Professor: The candidates, who have been awarded PhD Degree in accordance with the University Grants Commission (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of MPhil/PhD Degree) Regulation, 2009 or 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 equivalent positions in Universities / Colleges / Institutions.

A minimum of 55% marks (or an equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading system is followed) shall be required at the Master‘s level for direct recruitment of teachers at any level.

NET/SLET/SET shall also not be required for such Masters Programmes in disciplines for which NET/SLET/SET is not conducted by the UGC, CSIR or similar test accredited by the UGC like SLET/SET.

Criteria for Short listing of candidates for Interview for the Post of Assistant Professors in Universities:

The Draft Paper has clearly provided guidelines how the universities will short-list candidates for interviewing for Assistant Professors. Once it becomes Regulations, universities and colleges The criteria should based on Academic Score (80 marks); Research Publications (10 marks); and Teaching Experience (10 marks).

Criteria for short listing candidates (Assistant Professors):

Academic RecordScore
Graduation80% and above = 1560%to less than 80% = 1355% to less than 60% = 10
Post Graduation80% and above = 2860%to less than 80% = 2555% to less than 60% = 20
MPhil60% and above = 0755% to less than 60% = 05
NET with JRF
NET or equivalent
Research Publications (2 marks for each research publications published in Peer Reviewed/UGC listed Journals)10
Teaching/Post Doctoral Experience (2 marks for one year each)#10

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  1. Academic Record Score
    Graduation 80% and above = 15 60%to less than 80% = 13 55% to less than 60% = 10
    In place of 55% to less than 60% = 10 increase it by 50% to less than 60% = 10
    Because as you know it is not easy to bring
    50/ Mark in graduation too. Hope for consideration.

  2. NET is such a prestigious Exam .Not more than 2% to 3 % qualify the NET. Whereas almost everyone who registers for PhD manages to obtain the same. For qualifying the NET you really need a thorough command of the subject in addition to good general knowledge. Awarding 30 marks for PhD and only 5 marks for NET is absolutely whimsical, tyrannical , preposterous and even a crime against merit. The least the UGC can do is to award 30 marks to NET qualified candidates also as in the case of PhD candidates.

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