With about 10,000 vacant posts in the Central universities waiting to be filled, the Central government has temporarily put on hold the criterion that required a PhD for the applicants to qualify for the post of assistant professor.
Taking into account the pandemic, and the associated mobility restrictions and closure of universities and educational institutions, the Ministry of Education has decided to temporarily relax the PhD requirement criterion for this year.
The about 10,000 vacancies in universities across the country, include that of teaching and non-teaching staff, and the focus now is to fill them rapidly.
The decision was taken when the Education Ministry received requests from capable candidates who could not apply simply because they did not have a PhD.
As per the 2018 guidelines of the University Grants Commission (UGC) for entry-level posts at universities and colleges, a three-year window was given to candidates to complete their PhDs. Also, all universities and colleges were told to follow the same criterion for recruitment from the 2021-22 academic session.
However, the pandemic has kept many candidates from completing their PhDs in the last two years, as universities remained closed and it was not possible to carry on research activities. These candidates have been requesting the Government to relax the eligibility criterion this year, in lieu of the pandemic.