UGC considers time spent on PhD research as teaching experience


After almost a year of University Grants Commission (UGC) saying that PhD does not determine teaching ability, it has decided to change the rule.

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

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According to media reports, the UGC recently made the announcement asking all the universities to start considering the PhD research period as equivalent to teaching experience.

“The period of active service spent on pursuing Research Degree i.e. 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 new circular by UGC committee stated.

The commission’s decision was seen in the academic circles as an effort to primarily facilitate…

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