Decoding UGC’s New Regulations on Faculty Recruitment

New Delhi: Sweeping changes are unfolding in the faculty or teaching staff recruitment in the higher education landscape. The UGC has come up with new Regulations on Minimum Qualifications for Appointment of Teachers in Universities and Colleges and Measures for Maintenance of Standards in Higher Education.

The aspirants who wish to pursue teaching career in universities and colleges are closely watching the developments.  The new regulations will have impact both on universities & colleges and job markets. Here, SkillOutlook presents the top 10 key points of the New Regulations:

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1.PhD holders enjoy advantage: PhD Degree will be mandatory for direct recruitment to Assistant Professors in Universities with effect from 01 July 2021. PhD Degree has been made mandatory for promotion to Assistant Professor (Selection Grade) in colleges from 01 July 2021.

2.NET Status: However Masters degree with NET or PhD will continue to be the minimum eligibility requirement for Direct Recruitment to the post of Assistant Professors in colleges.



Incentives to teachers as provided in the earlier Regulations of 2010 and subsequent amendments have been retained.   These include incentives for M.Phil/Ph.D.

3.Academic Performance Indicators (API) scrapped: API API based PBAS System has been removed. A new simplified teacher evaluation grading system has been introduced and research score added for Universities to improve research output.

4.Changes in Promotion criteria under CAS: Promotion criteria under CAS for University teachers has been made more research oriented while in case of College teachers, CAS criteria is more focused on teaching.

For the first time provision for promotion in Colleges will be up to Professor level.

For the first time, weightages are assigned for CAS in respect of MOOCs and E-Content in Universities and Colleges.

5.Special Provision: Special provision for recruitment of Assistant Professors in Universities and Colleges for PhD Degree holders from a University/Institution in the top 500 Global rankings has been made.

6.Introduction Programme: The Regulations mandate introduction of one month induction programme for newly recruited Assistant Professors in Universities/Colleges/Higher Education Institutions.

7.Creation of Research Clusters: Research clusters will be created in the Universities within the State for sharing research facilities, skills and infrastructure to ensure optimal utilization of resources and creating synergies amongst higher education institutions.

8.New provision for Senior Professors Cadre: Up to 10% of the existing sanctioned strength of Professors in Universities shall be appointed as Senior Professors in the Universities. Senior Professors in Universities will be appointed through direct recruitment and through promotion under CAS.

9.Supervisation of PhD/MPhil Scholars: Universities will accord permission and provide need based facilities to Colleges teachers to supervise PhD/MPhil scholars.

10.Provision for Sports Medal Winners: Special category of medal winners in Olympics, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games in eligibility criteria for Assistant Director/College Director, Physical Education and Sports and Deputy Director, Physical Education and Sports in Universities has been made to promote sports in Universities and Colleges.

PhD Degree shall be mandatory requirement for Direct Recruitment to the post of Assistant Professors in University with the effect from 01 July, 2021.

However, Masters degree with NET or PhD will continue to be the minimum eligibility requirement for Direct Recruitment to the post of Assistant Professors in colleges.

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