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Pre-2009 Ph. D. holders exempt from UGC NET

May 10, 2016 | By

New Delhi: The Government of India has decided to exempt pre-2009 PhD holders who pursued a regular course from clearing the National Eligibility Test (NET) to get teaching jobs. A notification on the exemption will be issued soon.

The information was given in the Lok Sabha yesterday by India’s HRD Minister Smriti Irani, who said the BJP government had decided to undo the “injustice” the Congress-led UPA government had meted out to research scholars by mandating NET even for pre-2009 PhD holders.

Prior to 2009, there was no requirement for Ph. D. holders to clear NET or State Level Eligibility Test to become assistant professors. This regulation was brought by the UGC after reports of educational institutions lowering the bar for teaching.

Subsequently, the UGC issued “Minimum Qualifications for Appointment of Teachers and Other Academic Staff in Universities and Colleges” during the UPA tenure, making it mandatory for PhD holders (pre and post-2009) to clear NET for jobs.

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