PhD, NET mandatory for recruitment of university teachers from 2021-2022 academic year

New Delhi: In a new regulation that will be applicable from the academic session of 2021-2022, PhD has been made mandatory for recruitment of teachers in universities, apart from cracking the National Eligibility Test (NET). The rule, introduced in 2018, will be implemented this year. 

From now, for the appointment to the post of Assistant professor, candidates will have to possess a PhD degree. 

What was the criteria earlier:

Earlier, those with PhD degree or qualified with NET masters degree were eligible to apply for assistant professor, the entry-level position, in universities. During the appointment of Assistant Professors, a weightage of 5 to 10 marks was given to the candidates who passed the NET exam, while PhD candidates were given a weightage of 30 marks. This lead to tipping the scale against those who just cleared NET exams. 

In 2018, these new regulations of the University Grants Commission (UGC) were announced by then Union Minister Prakash Javadekar. “The new recruitment for universities will be only PhD holders. We have given time of three years. So from 2021, assistant professor (entry-level position) will have to hold PhDs,” Javadekar had said. 

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