The University Grants Commission (UGC) has taken a big decision. UGC is doing away with the mandatory PhD requirement for teaching in central universities. The main reason behind this is to give an opportunity to the experts and professionals of the industry to teach in the Central University, most of whom have full knowledge in their field, but due to lack of PhD degree, they cannot become a professor, for this UGC Special posts like Professor of Practice and Associate Professor of Practice are being created on behalf of the University.
According to a diplomat, after this decision of the UGC, there will be an opportunity to teach international relations in central universities. University Grants Commission Chairman M Jagadesh Kumar said there are many experts who want to teach, there could be someone who has implemented big projects and who has grassroots experience, or someone who can be a great dancer or musician. But we cannot appoint them to teach in central universities as per the existing rules.
He further said that therefore, it was decided that special posts would be created. There will be no requirement for PhD, experts will be required to demonstrate their experience in a given domain. These positions can be permanent or temporary depending upon the requirements of the experts and institutions. Specialists retiring at the age of 60 may also join as full-time or part-time faculty and teach till the age of 65.
Let us inform that the Vice Chancellors of Central Universities had a meeting with UGC Chairperson M Jagadesh Kumar on Thursday. In this meeting it was decided to constitute a committee to work on amendment of rules for appointment of teachers in central universities. According to the education ministry, as of December 2021, more than 10,000 teachers’ posts were vacant in centrally funded institutions.