The University Grants Commission (UGC) released new regulations to alter the conditions of recruitment, and promotion of university teachers and academic staff. In February 2018, the UGC released draft regulations for public feedback.
Key features of the regulations are: Direct recruitment of assistant professors:
As per the regulations, the minimum eligibility criteria for direct recruitment of assistant professors will be:
(i) A master’s degree with 55% marks, and the candidate should have cleared the National Eligibility Test or have a Ph. D degree; or
(ii) A Ph. D. degree from a foreign university ranked among the top 500 universities.
However, from July 1, 2021, PhD will be mandatory for direct recruitment of assistant professors. Appointment of professors: A PhD degree will be mandatory for the appointment and promotion of professors, associate professors, and assistant professors. In addition, up to 10% of the existing sanctioned strength of professors in universities will be appointed as senior professors.
These senior professors can be appointed through:
(i) Direct recruitment, or
(ii)Promotion as per criteria set out under the Career Advancement Scheme.
Teacher evaluation grading system:
Currently, professors are evaluated on the basis of the performance based appraisal system which measures the quality of teaching by linking it to their academic performance. The regulations replace this system with a new teacher evaluation grading system which adds a research based score as well.
This score measures the number of research papers published in UGC listed journals, books published, and works translated in other languages.