New Delhi: The Center has decided not to go ahead with plans to make doctoral studies the minimum qualification to hire assistant professors this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ANI reported.
Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan told the media: “The ministry has temporarily suspended the doctorate for the recruitment of assistant professors and the doctorate would not be compulsory for this position at the moment, but it is not. has not been canceled.
The Ministry of Education has temporarily lifted the mandatory doctoral criteria to allow universities to fill vacant positions. Sources from the Ministry of Education told the news agency: “About 10,000 vacant positions in central universities, including teaching and non-teaching staff, and the ministry have given instructions to fill this position soon. ”
“The Ministry of Education had received several requests from candidates who wished to apply for the post but were unable to fulfill their doctoral requirements, asking to postpone the 2018 guidelines,” the sources added.
Applicants holding postgraduate degrees, who have passed the national eligibility test, will remain eligible for recruitments for assistant professor positions.
In 2018, the University Grants Commission (UGC) changed the recruitment criteria for entry-level positions in universities and colleges. He had given applicants a three-year window to complete their doctorate and asked all universities and colleges to start applying the recruitment criteria from the 2021-2022 academic session. Former Union Minister Prakash Javadekar announcing the new regulations said: “The new recruitment for universities will only be for doctoral graduates. We gave a three-year deadline. Thus, from 2021, the assistant professor (entry-level position) must hold a doctorate.
(With contributions from the agency)