India’s education ministry has decided to postpone its plan to make PhD qualifications a mandatory one for the posting of assistant professors this year. The reason is because of COVID 19 pandemic.
Educational minister Dharmendra Pradhan said it on 29th September: The PhD requirement is temporarily ignored to open up the posting for more candidates to fill up the vacancies.
He continues, NET is the minimum qualification for Indian Nationals for the posting in publicly funded colleges and teaching below UG level in Universities to make sure the minimum standards for those who enter in the teaching profession and research.
In India, every year 1000s of students applying for this examination to become assistant professors or junior research fellows. Candidates who possess at least 55% marks in their master’s degree are eligible for appearing in the NET examination.