All this while, to become eligible for appointment as Assistant Professors in the colleges and university, clearing the National Eligibility Test (NET) was very much compulsory. However, in March 2016, HRD ministry notified that scholars who completed a Ph.D or registered for one before 2009 would be eligible for lectureship without clearing the NET examination.
In the recently held cabinet meeting, newly appointed Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath made it very clear that all those who have obtained their Ph.D degree on or before July 11, 2009, and are aspiring for the post of Assistant Professor in state universities and government-run colleges will be exempted from the National Eligibility Test (NET).
There are two reasons behind the same. First one is to abide by the decision of the Ministry of Human Resource and Development and secondly, in Uttar Pradesh itself, 5,651 posts of Assistant Professor are lying vacant in 138 government and 338 government-aided colleges, and 269 in 17 universities. The exemption will not only fill the vacant seats but also it will enhance the quality of teaching in higher education institutions.
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,” adding that previous state government had rejected the proposal.
However, the same is applicable only to those candidates who have been awarded a Ph.D degree in regular mode prior to July 11, 2009, and the evaluation of their Ph.D thesis has been done by at least two external examiners. Further, such candidates should have presented two papers in seminars/conferences from outside his/her Ph.D work.
As per the regulation issued by UGC, the 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 degrees to the candidates registered for Ph.D 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.