The UP government on Saturday came up with the decision of exempting those candidates from NET, who have obtained their PhD degree on or before July 11, 2009. This would be applicable only to candidates who are awarded PhD degree in regular mode.
The Uttar Pradesh government, on Saturday, came up with the decision of exempting those candidates from the National Eligibility Test (NET), who have obtained their PhD degree on or before July 11, 2009 and are aspiring for the post of assistant professors in state universities and government-run colleges.
Vacant seats to be filled:
As per a TOI report, there are 5,651 posts of assistant professor lying vacant in 138 government and 338 government-aided colleges, and 269 in 17 universities of UP. Deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma, who also holds the higher education portfolio said, “The exemption will fill vacant seats and on the other hand, enhance quality of teaching in higher education institutions.”
According to a UGC regulation, minimum qualification for appointment of teachers and other academic staff in universities and measures for maintenance of standards in higher education (3rd amendment), dated May 2016, the commission stated that degrees to candidates registered for PhD programme prior to July 11, 2009 will be governed by the provisions of ordinances of the institution awarding the degrees at that time and such candidates will be exempted from NET for recruitment and appointment of assistant professor in universities and colleges.
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Welcoming the move, former president of higher education teachers’ association Maulindu Mishra said, “The exemption will not only help fill vacant seats, it will also generate employment.”
This would be applicable only to candidates who are awarded PhD degree in regular mode and provided evaluation of their PhD thesis is done by at least two external examiners. It also said such candidates had presented two papers in seminars/conferences from outside his/her PhD work.