[AI] May be of Interest: From 2021, PhD a must for university teachers

avinash shahi shahi88avinash at gmail.com
Tue May 1 02:53:19 EDT 2018

Neelam Pandey reports

>From 2021, a PhD will be a must for teaching at university level ,
even for assistant professors, which is the entry level designation
for instructors
in universities, according to a draft policy document seen by Hindustan Times.

Teachers will undergo a mandatory, month-long induction programme
before starting work and also have to devote two hours for mentoring
of students for
community development/extra-curricular activities.

According to a senior Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry
official who asked not to be identified, these changes have been made
to enhance the quality
of education in the higher education sector. This person added that
the University Grants Commission (UGC) will soon define the minimum
for teachers.

So far, at the entry level, the minimum eligibility requirement for an
assistant professor was that they should have cleared the National
Eligibility Test
(NET) and have a Masters degree.

The government is likely to notify the new qualifications and other
measures for the maintenance of standards in higher education soon.

In addition to the PhD, aspirants will have to clear the National
Eligibility Test (NET) or an accredited test (state level eligibility
test) or other
similar exams, HRD ministry officials added.

However, those who obtained PhDs before 2009 will not be required to clear NET.

UGC , which had put up the draft regulations online for suggestions
and objections, has incorporated all the changes and sent it to the
HRD ministry for

Some of the other features of the regulations include doing away with
the Academic Performance Indicator (API) based appraisal , the
introduction of a
simplified teacher evaluation grading system, and the addition of a
academic/research score for universities to improve research output.

In addition to this, promotion in colleges up to the level of
associate professor will be based on teaching-centric metrics and in
universities, teaching
and research-centric. A PhD has also been made mandatory for promotion
to the level of associate professor in colleges and assistant
professor (Selection
Grade) in universities.

To encourage the return of best brains who made a mark in foreign
universities, a special provision has been made in the in eligibility
conditions for
recruitment of assistant professors in universities and colleges. All
those who have a PhD degree from a university/institutions with a
ranking among top
500 in the World University Ranking (at any time) by Quacquarelli
Symonds (QS), the Times Higher Education (THE) or the Academic Ranking
of World Universities
(ARWU) of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Shanghai) will be
eligible for direct recruitment and not be required to clear NET.

“The Seventh Pay Commission had recommended that PhD should be the
minimum eligibility for recruitment at universities. After much
consideration, it was
decided that it should be applicable from 2021. NET as the minimum
eligibility criteria is important for a diverse country and as there
are so many different
subjects,” said VS Chauhan, who was the chairman of the pay review
commission for the seventh Central Pay Commission (CPC), and is the
current chairman
of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).

“I am unaware as to what has prompted these changes. I am sure that
there must be some wisdom behind them,” said Dinesh Singh, former Vice
Chancellor of
Delhi University.

Singh added that it was ironical that because it isn’t in the Top 500
globally, the University of Delhi will, in effect, not be able to hire
its own PhDs
directly and require them to clear NET. “I have first-hand knowledge
of so many doctoral students of the universities whose doctoral work
have been deemed
outstanding at the global level and have been published in outstanding
research journals. Such PhDs will be humiliated by making them take
the NET exam,”
he added.

Avinash Shahi
Doctoral student at Centre for Law and Governance JNU

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