In a major relief to thousands of M.Phil. and Ph.D. degree holders aspiring for a lecturer’s job, UGC has decided to exempt all candidates who obtained an M.Phil. degree on or before July 10, 2009 and Ph.D. awarded on or before December 31, 2009 from clearing the NET exam. This was earlier required for appointment as a teacher in a college or university.
The decision, taken at the UGC’s 472nd meeting recently, comes as a huge relief for scores of MPhil degree holders who stood disqualified for an assistant professor’s post (earlier called lecturer) sans NET qualification and Ph.D. degree holders, who had acquired the degree recently, were uncertain about their future.
UGC had last year notified its new regulations about minimum qualifications for teachers. According to this, a pass in the NET was mandatory for appointment as assistant professors.
This regulation had sparked strong protests from a cross-section of the academic community and also led to multiple litigations in various high courts, including Madras High Court.
At the meeting, it was noted that the UGC Regulations of 2009/2010 ”are prospective and not retrospective in nature”, and therefore resolved that ”all candidates having MPhil degree on or before July 10, 2009 shall remain exempted from the requirement of NET for the purpose of appointment as lecturer/assistant professor”. A similar exemption shall be applicable to all candidates who have obtained a PhD degree on or before December 31, 2009 and a Candidate, who had registered themselves for PhD degree on or before July 10, 2009.