College Professor Without PhD, NET; UGC preparing For Lateral Entry: Report

New Delhi: The University Grants Commission is planning the introduction of a lateral entry scheme, in the civil services, according to The Print reports. As per the reports, the lateral entry option is likely to be introduced for professors in universities and colleges.

In the fields like engineering, policy, communications, experts among others, can teach students as faculty members in colleges and universities. They can teach full-time or part-time. As per the proposal they can teach without a Ph.D., or without qualifying for the National Eligibility Test (NET).

UGC Chairman M. Jagadesh Kumar speaking with The Print has said that these industry experts will work as ‘Professors of Practice’. At a meeting of UGC chairman with vice-chancellors of various universities held on Thursday, the idea was discussed and got a positive response, Kumar said.

He further said, “The new education policy (introduced in 2020) calls for better collaboration between education institutions and industry and hence we have thought of bringing in people from industry to teach in our institutions. They will be most beneficial in teaching subjects in emerging areas.”

The subjects like artificial intelligence, robotics, mechatronics, etc. will be included under these areas.

According to reports, currently, the universities and colleges are not permitted to follow this idea of employing industry experts, who don’t have a Ph.D. or a NET qualification.

“We will constitute a committee that will look into the details of how we can introduce this provision. The committee will submit its report and, based on the recommendations, we will forward the idea to the Ministry of Education for their approval. The existing provisions for faculty recruitment will have to be revised to include the new rules,” he added.

After the idea gets approval, the industry experts will be approved to work as both permanent and visiting faculty in colleges and universities.

Many people give up their jobs as bankers and engineers to teach on edtech platforms for better pay and exposure. 

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