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UGC Postpones Mandatory PhD for Asst. Professors; DUTA Celebrates

UGC postpones mandatory PhD requirement for Assistant Professors post till 1 July 2023. Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) welcomes the move.

On 12th October 2021, the University Grants Commission (UGC) postponed the requirement of the degree of PhD for the post of Assistant Professor until July 2023

The official notice by UGC, undersigned by Rajnish Jain, Secretary of UGC, read “The UGC, in view of the Covid-19 pandemic, has decided to extend the date of applicability of PhD as a mandatory qualification for direct recruitment of assistant professors in departments of universities from 01.07.2021 to 01.07.2023

Candidates with postgraduate degrees, who have cleared the National Eligibility Test (NET), will continue to remain eligible for recruitments to the post.

PhD was made a mandatory qualification for Assistant Professors by UGC in 2018 and a window of three years was given to the aspirants to complete the degree. This was to be brought in force from July 2021. 

The timely intervention of Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) has made this possible. The association celebrated this decision as they had first highlighted this issue with the UGC on August 14, 2021, and then met UGC officials on September 15.

Rajib Ray, President of DUTA, in conversation with DU Beat said that this was necessary to safeguard the Ad hoc Professors teaching in the University of Delhi, especially in the Department of Commerce and Foreign Languages Departments. He added that these professors have been doing their best at teaching but as the tenure was coming to an end, their jobs were in danger. He also highlighted the fact that many of the Ad hoc professors are from the marginalized section and hence this move becomes all the more important.  

This amendment would  be known as UGC (Minimum Qualifications for Appointment of Teachers and Other Academic Staff in Universities and Colleges and Measures for the Maintenance of Standards in Higher Education), Amendment Regulation, 2021. 

The DUTA had argued for relaxation in all those clauses pertaining to appointment and promotions which made PhD mandatory in view of the pandemic. We hope for a similar relief in case of promotions.

DUTA’s Treasurer, Abha Dev Habib

In September 2021, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, had asked the central universities to fill the 6000 vacant teaching vacancies by October

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Sandhini Goyal 

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