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Deccan Herald | March 05, 2016 | New Delhi | DHNS |

Period spent on acquiring a PhD degree without any leave will now be counted as teaching experience of candidates applying for direct recruitment to vacant positions of faculties or promotion in the higher educational institutions.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) recently approved a proposal in this regard at a meeting here. “The period of active service spent on pursuing research degree, ie, for acquiring PhD degree simultaneously without taking any kind of leave may be counted as teaching experience for the purpose of direct recruitment/promotion to the post of associate professor and above.” the commission decided . The commission’s decision was seen in the academic circles as an effort to primarily facilitate filling up of posts lying vacant in large numbers across the country’s universities and other higher educational institutions. Many of the universities and other higher educational institutions demand at least two to three years teaching experience for recruitment to vacant posts of faculties. “We have large number of unemployed meritorious PhD holders. The decision to treat the period spent by them in acquiring a PhD degree as teaching experience will not only open doors of employment to many of such degree holders, but also facilitate institutions fill up their teaching positions lying vacant for years,” official sources said. –  Courtesy       /      Click here to download /view : UGC Circular / Notice : Published on 01/03/2016  :  UGC Clarification on counting of the period of active service spent on pursuing Ph.D

Clarity sought on UGC notification  :  The Hindu – March 17, 2016 – Chennai | R. Sujatha |

A recent notification by the University Grants Commission to vice chancellors of all universities has confused professors, including administrative authorities. In a notification to Vice- Chancellors dated March 1, the UGC said that “the period of active service spent on pursuing research degree, i.e. for acquiring Ph.D degree simultaneously without taking any kind of leave may be counted as teaching experience for the purpose of direct recruitment/promotion to the post of associate professor and above.”

On the face of it, the notification seems to address an issue involving candidates pursuing Ph.D degree. But, the Association of University Teachers members point out that it would not apply to the State as the government had already issued an order, recognising a Ph.D scholar’s effort with several incentives and a few years’ remission in service at the entry level itself. UGC’s Vice Chairman H. Devaraj said the notification was for those who entered service with NET/SET scores but take extraordinary periods of leave during research. –  Courtesy


1 Comment

  1. “without taking any kind of leave ” does casual leave or medical leave accountable

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