Permanent Faculty Members Can Guide PhD Scholars During Probation Period: UGC

UGC received several queries from stakeholders regarding the stipulations of eligibility criteria to guide PhD scholars (Representational image).

UGC received several queries from stakeholders regarding the stipulations of eligibility criteria to guide PhD scholars (Representational image).

The commission has further requested all the universities to follow the CAS provision of promotion and also comply with its decision

University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued clarification on eligibility criteria for promotion under Career Advancement Scheme (CAS). The clarification comes after the UGC received several queries from stakeholders regarding the conditions for eligibility criteria to guide PhD scholars.

“Eligible permanent faculty members with Ph.D. can guide. scholars even during their probation period,” the commission said in a notice. The UGC discussed the matter in its 565th meeting held on 20 January. The commission has further requested all the universities to follow the CAS provision of promotion and abide by its decision.

Earlier in January, the UGC issued a clarification on the eligibility criteria for CAS promotion of university teachers from Academic Level 12 to Academic Level 13A and from Level 13A to Academic Level 14. The commission had given clarification regarding the terms “evidence of having guided at least one PhD candidate” and “evidence of successfully guided doctoral candidate”. In a meeting held in November last year, the commission also resolved queries regarding eligibility for promotion of university teachers.

What is cas?

Career Advancement Scheme As the name suggests, the process of career advancement has been adopted by the universities as per the UGC norms. This scheme will be implemented for the career advancement of teachers in the university. This is an essential factor in a structure in which an individual faculty member may move to a higher position and/or pay in the absence of a clear vacancy.

To apply for CAS, a candidate must have a PhD degree in the concerned/allied/relevant subject. Must have completed at least ten research publications in UGC-listed journals, out of which three research papers must be published during the evaluation period. They should also have a proven track record of successfully guiding doctoral candidates.

Meanwhile, earlier this week, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan launched a self-assessment test and assistance for entrance examination platform called SATHEE. This self-paced assessment platform has been created by the University Grants Commission (UGC), Indian Institute technology (IIT) Kanpur and Ministry of Education (MOE).

The SATHEE platform was developed for students to prepare for all types of competitive exams such as National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and other exams conducted in the country.

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