The University Grants Commission (UGC) revised its regulation on faculty recruitment to relax minimum eligibility conditions for appointment of assistant professors in colleges and universities.
According to ‘The Indian Express’ report, UGC, on advise of the HRD Ministry, relieved candidates registered for M.Phil/PhD programme before July 11, 2009, from clearing the National Eligbility Test (NET) or the State-Level Eligibility Test (SLET) in order to become eligible for selection as assistant professors in colleges and universities.
The decision was announced by HRD Minister Smriti Irani, after a meeting on Monday.
This relaxation, is only valid if the candidate has fulfilled certain conditions
The UGC’s decision on Tuesday would come as a relief to thousands of such candidates.
On same day, UGC also relaxed rules allowing female and differently-abled research scholars students eight years in place of current six years to complete their Ph.D degrees and three years instead of two to complete M.Phil degrees.
Apart from this, women candidates will also be provided maternity, child care leave for up to 240 days once in the entire duration of their M.Phil or Ph.D degrees.