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PhD no longer mandatory for Assistant Professor Posts in Universities, says UGC chairman

-By ArdorComm News Network

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has given candidates seeking to become assistant professors a significant relief. The prerequisite of having a PhD at the time of recruitment has been removed. For the benefit of students and faculty, UGC has made a number of modifications to education and the recruiting process in recent years.

The statement was made by UGC Chairman Prof. M. Jagadesh Kumar. According to the UGC chairman, clearing the National Eligibility Test (NET) is sufficient to become an assistant professor. At the opening ceremony for the UGC-HRDC building that was just built at Osmania University, Jagadesh made the announcement. The UGC shared the announcement via the official Twitter handle.

The UGC chairman had already notified the PBNS that two Australian universities will be opening campuses in India. It is a step in the nation’s higher education system’s internationalisation process.

Two Australian universities have announced plans to establish campuses at Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City), he said, adding that Deakin University, a prestigious Australian institution, is the first foreign university to receive approval from the International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA) to establish an International Branch Campus (IBC) in GIFT-IFSC.

It’s important to note that the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 aims to make it possible for the best universities in the world to operate in the nation. The UGC released a draft regulation in January addressing ‘Setting up and Operation of Campuses of Foreign Higher Educational Institutions (FHEIs) in India.’

The draft discussed building a legislative framework to grant interested international universities exceptional exemptions from regulatory, governance, and content criteria on par with other autonomous institutions of India.

Since the draft regulations were released two months ago, there has already been an increase in activity related to international universities in India.

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