The Veer Narmad South Gujarat University (VNSGU) has announced that its teachers of different faculties and affiliated colleges will now get three years to do their PhD.
As per the norms of the university, until this new announcement, the teachers had to complete their PhD within eight years of appointment. Now, they will have 11 years to do the same.
The decision was made keeping in view how over 200 teachers of various affiliated colleges were on the verge of losing their jobs without a PhD degree. Sources within the university revealed that three teachers had been already sacked from job by their respective colleges because of their inability to do PhD within the stipulated deadline.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines make it mandatory for college teachers to have PhD degree in order to continue teaching.
“The university and the colleges can take action against those in the job for the past five to 10 years if they have been provided opportunities to fulfill the requirements and yet failed. VNSGU had not given a single PhD admission in four years and is yet to frame rules based upon the UGC guidelines,” VNSGU syndicate member Gaurang Vaidya said.
Prior to this, a few college managements had appealed to the university to take action against teachers who were unable to complete their PhD degrees. Meanwhile, there were many who advocate that the minimum educational qualification for teaching in colleges should be reduced to a Master Degree. But the opponents of this view argue that doing so could severely affect the quality of education in the country.