UGC Rules, Regulations & Guidelines 2020 for Assistant Professor & JRF

According to the UGC Regulations, the minimum eligibility criteria for the assistant professor or equivalent posts in the UGC Approved Universities or colleges are as follows:

  • The candidates, who wish to get appointed as an assistant professor, JRF or equivalent posts should possess the SET/SLET, NET certificates and have a Masters degree.
  • A minimum of 55% marks is required at the post-graduation level for recruitment of teachers in the universities or colleges.
  • The candidates shall have a master’s degree or its equivalent with aggregate 55% marks from recognized university or institutes for admission to the Ph.D. programs.
  • A person whose M.Phil thesis has been evaluated and the viva voce is pending may be admitted to the Ph.D. program of the same Institution.

Note: Candidates who obtained a Ph.D. degree before 2009, will be exempted from the requirement of NET/ SLET/ SET for recruitment and appointment of Assistant Professor or equivalent positions in Universities/ Colleges/ Institutions.

If you meet the required eligibility conditions, you can check out the details of the selection procedure for assistant professor and other teaching staff, given below.

UGC Guidelines for Selection of Assistant Professor and Other Teaching Staff

As per the guidelines for appointment of an Assistant Professor, selection committee in the universities shall have the composition of following members:

1. The Vice-Chancellor shall be the Chairperson of the Selection Committee.

2. If required, an academician can be nominated by the Visitor/Chancellor.

3. Three experts in the concerned subject nominated by the Vice-Chancellor whose names are approved by the relevant statutory body of the university.

4. Dean of the concerned faculty (Not compulsory).

5. Head/ Chairperson of the Department/ School.

6. An academician, representing SC/ST/OBC/Minority/Women/Differently-abled categories, only if any of the above members of the selection committee do not belong to that category.

7. At least four members, including two outsiders, subject experts shall constitute the quorum.
How the Selection Process of Assistant Professor takes place?

1. For being selected as an assistant professor, the candidates are required to submit bio-data in prescribed format of the respective university along with a copy of their significant publications.

2. As per the UGC new guidelines for PhD, the institutes release the prescribed notification of admission process for the Ph.D. The admission process consists various steps like admission test, interview, document verification etc.

3. According to new UGC Regulations, No University, Institution and College can conduct Ph.D. Programs through distance education mode. However Part-time Ph.D. will be allowed if UGC Ph.D. Regulations 2020 are followed by Institutes.

Note: As per the draft policy of new UGC Regulations, a PhD degree will be must to become an assistant professor at university level from 2021.

However, NET would not be required for those who completed their Ph.D. from the universities ranking among the top 500 in the world, as per Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), the Times Higher Education (THE) or the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

Candidates who fulfill the above criteria will be eligible for assistant professor or to pursue the Ph.D. Degree.

Pay Scale - UGC Regulation 2020 for Assistant Professor’s Salary and Promotion

Lectureship is considered as one of the noble professions for decades. While being recruited as an Assistant Professor, you can get attractive pay scales & job allowances.
Check the UGC Guidelines for the Assistant Professor 2020 pay scale:
1.) The formula of the 7th CPC is followed in the academic pay structure for lecturers and equivalent posts.

2.) Increment: The annual increment is given in the pay matrix at 3% rounded off to nearest 100.

3.) Promotion: When an Individual gets a promotion, he would be given a national increment in his existing academic level of pay.

4.) Allowances: The decision of allowances will be taken after consultation with the Ministry of Finance based on the decision of the Government of India for Central Government employee.

Important Note: As per the media reports, Finance Minister Dr. Thomas Isaac has signed the order to double the salary of guest lecturers in government and aided colleges.

UGC NET or JRF qualified lecturers will get Rs 1750 per day and maximum Rs 43,750 for 25 working days in a month. Those without UGC qualifications will get Rs 1600 and maximum Rs 40,000 per month.

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