As per unannounced reports from the Human Resources Department of India, having a PhD degree will be become mandatory criteria to be able to teach in universities, even if it is the post of an assistant professor – this rule is said to be implemented from 2021.

In a bid to improve the quality of education, especially higher-level education, the central Human Resources Department might be planning to introduce new rules for who can teach in universities by making PhD mandatory. As per a senior spokesperson from the union HRD department, holding a PhD will become mandatory for teaching at university level, even for assistant professors, which is the entry level designation for instructors in universities. The rule is likely to be implemented from year 2021 to improve the quality of higher education in the country and match with international qualities.

Alongside the criteria of having a PhD, candidates will also require to clear the National Eligibility Test (NET) or an accredited test (state level eligibility test) or other similar exams – which is currently a requirement. However, for those who have completed PhD before 2009 will not need to clear the NET exams. After clearing the exams, all aspirants who cleared the criterion will undergo a compulsory one-month training and induction before starting work and also have to devote two hours for mentoring of students for community development/extra-curricular activities.

This means, just having the Master’s Degree and clearing the NET exams will not land you to a teacher’s job in universities. Also, the University Grants Commission (UGC) will soon define the minimum qualifications for teachers. All these new rules are reportedly scheduled to be implemented from 2021 and the government will issue notification for the new qualifications soon and also for taking measures to improve and maintain the quality of education in the country from the root-level.