PhD must for col­lege teach­ers

Deccan Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - DC COR­RE­SPON­DENT

In a move to en­hance the qual­ity of higher ed­u­ca­tion in In­dia, hu­man re­sources de­vel­op­ment min­is­ter Prakash Javadekar said on Wed­nes­day that a PhD. de­gree had been manda­tory for re­cruit­ment as a univer­sity teacher from the 2021-22 aca­demic year, and pass­ing the Na­tional El­i­gi­bil­ity Test (NET) would not suf­fice.

At present, those who have a PhD. or have cleared NET are el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply for re­cruit­ment as as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor, the en­try-level po­si­tion in In­dian uni­ver­si­ties.

How­ever, a masters de­gree with NET or Ph.D. would con­tinue to be the min­i­mum el­i­gi­bil­ity re­quire­ment for re­cruit­ment in col­leges, a se­nior HRD of­fi­cial said here on Wed­nes­day.

An­nounc­ing the new Univer­sity Grants Com­mis­sion reg­u­la­tions, Mr Javadekar said Aca­demic Per­for­mance In­di­ca­tors (API), re­sisted by many teach­ers as re­search was made com­pul­sory for col­lege teach­ers, had also been scrapped so that they can fo­cus on teach­ing stu­dents.

In or­der to en­hance the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion at higher level, Union hu­man re­source De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Prakash Javadekar said that PhD has been made manda­tory and Na­tional El­i­gi­bil­ity Test (Net) would not be ac­cepted as the only el­i­gi­bil­ity for re­cruit­ment of teach­ers in the uni­ver­si­ties from 2021-22 aca­demic year.

“The en­tire ef­fort is to improve qual­ity of higher ed­u­ca­tion and to at­tract and re­tain the best tal­ent in the coun­try. All the in­cen­tives of ear­lier reg­u­la­tions have been main­tained but the API for col­lege teach­ers has been re­moved. Now col­lege teach­ers would not have to manda­to­rily do re­search but will have to es­sen­tially con­cen­trate and give bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion to the un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dents,” he said.

Teach­ing out­comes would be con­sid­ered for pro­mo­tion and if a teacher does re­search work, it would at­tract ad­di­tional points for pro­mo­tion, the min­is­ter added. “The new re­cruit­ment for uni­ver­si­ties will be only PhD hold­ers. We have given time of three years. So from 2021, the as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor (en­try level po­si­tion) will have to hold PhDs,” Javadekar said.

The min­is­ter said for the first time pro­vi­sion for pro­mo­tion in col­leges will be up to pro­fes­sor level.

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