New norms for faculty recruitment in universities suggested; UGC invites public opinion before roll out

New Delhi, 12 February 2018: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has released Draft for the new norms for the recruitment of faculty and academic staff in universities and colleges. The new regulations will be known as 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.

Under the draft proposal, the UGC has suggested many changes in minimum qualification, recruitment process, Career Advancement Promotions, Appointments on Contract Basis, Teaching Days, selection parameters, etc.

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UGC has invited Feedback/Comments/Suggestions from the Stakeholders/ General public on Draft paper, which is uploaded in the official website of the UGC.

SkillOutlook here presents some key changes as per the Draft of the new norms.

Candidates having PhD exempted from NET for Assistant Professor: PhD degree holders will 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.

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 MPhil/PhD 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.

NET & SET retains their status: The Draft clarified that 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.

PhD will have upper hand in both recruitment & promotion: In another new change, the Draft Report of the new Regulation said the PhD Degree shall be a mandatory qualification for promotion to the post of Assistant Professor (Selection Grade/Academic Level 12) in Universities.  The draft mentioned that the PhD Degree shall be a mandatory qualification for direct recruitment to the post of Assistant Professor in Universities with effect from 01 July 2021. For promotion to the post of Assistant Professor (Selection Grade/Academic Level 12) in Colleges, the PhD shall be a mandatory qualification if the date of eligibility falls on or after 01 July 2021.

The PhD Degree shall be a mandatory qualification for the appointment and promotion to the post of Professors. The PhD Degree shall be a mandatory qualification for appointment and promotion to the post of Associate Professors.

Promotion opportunities for Entry level teaching staff: Entry level Assistant Professors (Level 10) would be eligible for promotion under the Career Advancement Scheme (CAS) through two successive levels (Level 11 and Level 12), provided they are assessed to fulfill the eligibility and performance criteria as laid out in Clause 6.3. of these regulations. PhD Degree shall be a mandatory qualification for promotion to the post of Assistant Professor (Selection Grade/Academic Level 12) in Universities.

Appointments on Contract Basis:  The teachers should be appointed on contract basis only when it is absolutely necessary and when the student-teacher ratio does not satisfy the laid down norms. In any case, the number of such appointments should not exceed 10% of the total number of faculty positions in a College/University. The qualifications and selection procedure for appointing them should be the same as those applicable to a regularly appointed teacher. The fixed emoluments paid to such contract teachers should not be less than the monthly gross salary of a regularly appointed Assistant Professor.

Teaching Days: The Universities/Colleges must adopt at least 180 working days, i.e. there should be a minimum of 30 weeks of actual teaching in a 6-day week. Of the remaining period, 12 weeks may be devoted to admission and examination activities, and non-instructional days for co-curricular, sports, college day, etc., 8 weeks for vacations and 2 weeks may be attributed to various public holidays. If the University adopts a 5 day week pattern, then the number of weeks should be increased correspondingly to ensure equivalent of 30 weeks of actual teaching with a 6 day week.

Time spent during PhD course will not be counted as Teaching Experience: The period of time taken by candidates to acquire MPhil and/or PhD Degree shall not be considered as teaching/ research experience to be claimed for appointment to the teaching positions. Further the period of active service spent on pursuing Research Degree simultaneously with teaching assignment without taking any kind of leave shall be counted as teaching experience for the purpose of direct recruitment/ promotion. The period of leave taken for pursuing Research Degree i.e. for acquiring PhD degree shall not be counted as teaching experience for the purpose of direct recruitment/ promotion.

Criteria for short listing of candidates for Interview for the Post of Assistant Professors: The regulations have clearly specified how the short listing of candidates should be carried out. The selection parameters are based on broadly three parameters: academic score (starting from graduation to PhD), research publications, and teaching experience.

 The UGC has invited Feedback/Comments/Suggestions from the Stakeholders/ General public on Draft 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.

Interested candidates can send their feedback/comments/suggestions on the above draft documents to UGC by email on : ugcregulations2017@gmail.com on or before 28 February 2018 by midnight.

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  1. Retrospective rules made by UGC . All M.Phil. up to 2009. All p.Ph.D up to till date should be exempted and eligible for appointment according our country.

  2. dear sir,

    Ph.D with NET/SLET/SET, COMPLESORY NEED FOR APPOINTMENT, THIS IS A QUALITY EDUCATION, PLEASE FOLLOWING THIS RULES, THANKYOU

  3. Dear Sir, for quality education to require NET / SET required for the appointment as a assistant professor. Not only PhD. So NET / SET/PhD this qualification for recruited as a assistant professor….

  4. NET is best eligibility criteria for poat of assistant professor, sometimes it is difficult to get degree of p.h.d due to shortage of guide on the universities. It is not good criteria to make p.h.d compulsory for the post of assistant professor

  5. Dear Sir
    Please give score even to less than 55 percent in graduation.Ph.D. with Net for the appointment is a quality education. Thanks a lot

  6. Dear Sir
    The fixed emoluments paid to such contract teachers should not be less than the monthly gross salary of a regularly appointed Assistant Professor.Ph.D till date exempted and eligible for appointment

  7. NET/ SET shall be made compulsory, as it represents a good quality parameter. This will act as a screen to those, who become part of academicians using all kinds of influence, which mars quality education in long run.

  8. Exemption to the Ph.D candidates from NET/SET who were enrolled in 2010 just like 2009 regulation

  9. For promotions publication and teaching be the standards while NET/STET be mandatory qualification for Assistant Professor to maintain quality of education. This is also required to maintain check and balance for eligibility in higher education system.

  10. Given the emergence of outsourcing the PhD thesis writing in some universities, giving exemption from passing NET will certainly worsen the situation. English must be made compulsory for the university teachers to teach, research and to produce knowledge, given the salary they are getting.

  11. Sir plz stop the corruption in PhD admission ….sir plz plz plz Give marks below 55% in UG…Net/Set should be the main eligibility sir plz

  12. PhD in standardized testing should suffice for the appointment of asst.professors..clearance of net exam could be mandatory for PG students who aspire to be assistant professors.

  13. Respected sir
    Please NET/SLET/SET make compulsory for recruitment of assistant professor ,don’t give exemption to Phd /MPhil ,in my opinion if you made PhD compulsory its leads to rampant corruption in awarding PhD & poor quality PhD ,other than this give more incentives to PhD & MPhil then only good quality PhDs will be came up

    1. Exactly true, In Tamilnadu, PMT College, near Sanarankoil, has sold 39 teaching posts ranging from 30 L to 40 L. Most of them Part time Ph.D. Very less NET & SET have been selected. One of the teacher, who has qualified NET, SET and Ph.D, did not selected. He is belong to economically weaker section.

  14. Respected sir, please master degree 55% and PhD degree are compulsory for recruitment of assistant professor but graduation percentage isn’t necessary .

  15. Recruitment of assistant professor only for net phd and master degree 55 percent but graduation degree percent 50 percent please sir

  16. net or ph.d 2009 regulation is best eligibility criteria for assistant professor but even score to less than 55 percent in master degree and graduation

  17. The Mostly Indian students from Countryside area came for U.G.level, so think about to give score less than 55%at U.G.level.

  18. This government is the most idiotic they have ruined economy, employment banks and now want to ruin career of students. There is no need to bring changes in appointment system, they must focus that PhD must be done without corruption, nepotism and favouritism

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