University Grants Commission, UGC has announced that Ph.D. is not mandatory to the post of assistant professor at University departments. Moreover, this amendment validation is from 1 July 2021 to 1 July 2023.
As per the government data, there are over 6,000 vacant faculty posts across 46 central universities in India. Besides, the University of Delhi is reported to possess the highest number of vacancies. More than 800 of 1,706 posts are still vacant.
It is worth noting, the announcement “Ph.D. is not mandatory for the post of Assistant Professor” has co-occurred with the Central government’s directions to centrally funded Higher Education Institutes to take up the act of filling up vacant teaching positions.
President of Maharashtra Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisation, Tapati Mukhopadhyay shared his views. He said, “A few years ago, the government had deterred a structured process of recruitment for all educationists’ posts. As a result, capable and talented educators have been waiting to become a part of the system in vain.”
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Vice-Chancellor of DU, Yogesh Singh said, “Ph.D. should not be the exclusive criteria to hire professors. We have to evaluate candidates’ other qualities as well. Most importantly their teaching abilities and excellence in academics.”
Further, he said, “UGC has made an amendment to assist several universities to fill up available posts. As of now, Ph.D. is not a barrier for many talented ones. They will get the opportunity to apply for a teaching position at all centrally funded HEIs.”
Moreover, the president of the All India Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisation (AIFUCTO), Keshav Bhattacharya says, “There are examples where attaining a Ph.D. takes time. Hence, this causes their eligibility to apply for a post in the academic field. And, we end up losing talented candidates. As they may decide to change to other fields.”
However, Yogesh Singh said, “As the talent pool will increase, universities will have more choices. Also, this will lead to a modification in the existing faculty crunch which is yet to be seen.”