No more PhD degree for industry experts in central universities: UGC

Aiming to appoint more industry experts as assistant professors in the central universities across the country, the University Grants Commission, UGC in a major move has decided to do away with the old 'mandatory PhD requirement'. Industry experts in fields like engineering, policy, communications, among others, will be able to teach as full-time and part-time faculty members in colleges and universities, even if they don’t hold a PhD or haven’t qualified the National Eligibility Test (NET), according to the proposal of the UGC.

Taking a step ahead, UGC reportedly, is also planning to create new and special positions, ones in which this requirement will not be there. Reports suggest that these new positions are likely to be Professors of Practice and Associate Professor of Practice.

UGC officials have further mentioned to reporters that the idea behind these new positions is to allow people with hands-on experience and industry work to come and share their knowledge with students. Further, it also strengthens the narrative where many experts want to teach but often can't because of no PhD degree.

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