UGC allows relaxation to PhD holders registered before 2009
At the full commission meeting here today, UGC decided to request the HRD Ministry to issue a notification in this regard after an examination of the matter. The relaxation would help thousand of <g data-gr-id="62">PhD</g> holders affected by the new UGC guideline in 2009, which had made NET and <g data-gr-id="63">PhD</g> a minimum eligibility criteria for applying for <g data-gr-id="61">assistant</g> professor in colleges and universities.
The guideline had, however, laid down a set of procedures like course work, external assessment and entrance test to <g data-gr-id="60">recognise</g> a <g data-gr-id="59">PhD</g>.
<g data-gr-id="67">PhD</g> aspirants registered before 2009 went on a warpath and protested the move, seeking <g data-gr-id="66">reprieve</g> from the government. A commission member, however, contended that a decision for the relaxation was made much <g data-gr-id="65">earlier</g> but <g data-gr-id="64">lack</g> of any communication from the Ministry had created confusions.
The meeting also decided to derecognise a Sikkim-based private university for alleged irregularities in opening campus abroad and offering sub-standard degrees, a public notice of which would be issued shortly.
The decision came after numerous complaints were received against the fraudulent practices of the university.
“A public notice would soon be issued about the UGC decision,” the member said.
UGC also cleared the establishment of a Buddhist studies (a demed to be university) in Ladakh and cleared the appointment of D P Singh, a RSS ideologue, as the new NAAC director.