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UP adopts new UGC norms for faculty appointments
LUCKNOW : On April 8 Uttar Pradesh government adopted and implemented the UGC (4th Amendment), Regulations, 2016 that allows aspirants who got their Ph.D degree on or before July 11, 2009 exemption from National Eligibility Test (NET) for faculty appointment.

Officially called the University Grants Commission (Minimum Qualifications for Appointment of Teachers and other Academic Staff in Universities and Colleges and Measures for the Maintenance of Standards in Higher Education) (4th Amendment), Regulations, 2016, the clause 3 of the Regulations states that the candidates registered for Ph.D. programme prior to July 11, 2009 shall enjoy "exemption from the requirement of NET/SLET/SET for recruitment and appointment of Assistant Professor or equivalent positions in Universities/ Colleges/ Institutions" provided their Ph.D is in regular mode and evaluation of their Ph.D thesis has been done by at least two external examiners.

Additionally, the candidates must have published two research papers of which at least one in a referred journal from out of his/ her Ph.D works. Moreover, the candidate should have presented two research papers in seminars.

The state government took the decision in view of the large number of vacant posts in state universities and colleges.

Higher Education Minister Dinesh Sharma said the recruitments would improve academic atmosphere of universities and colleges and added that they would begin immediately.

A total of 5,651 posts of assistant professors are vacant in 17 universities, 331 aided colleges and 138 government colleges across the state.


 Dinesh Sharma sparks hope in UP higher edu

By Rajiv Shukla
The appointment of Dr Dinesh Sharma, a commerce professor, as Deputy Chief Minister with Higher Education and Secondary EducationDr Dinesh Sharma portfolios has, after a long time, sparked hope in the much neglected sectors of Uttar Pradesh.

Prof Sharma, essentially an academic in Lucknow University Commerce Department was first noticed by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who nurtured his talents.

Like many politicians in the Bharatiya Janata Party, Sharma began his political career with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the student wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. He was later named the state President of the BJP's Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (Youth Wing). He was subsequently elected as Mayor of Lucknow in 2006. He stood for re-election in 2012 and defeated his nearest rival by over 1.71 lakh votes.

On 16 August 2014 he became the National Vice President of Bharatiya Janata Party, following his contribution to the party's success in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. On March 19th, 2017, he was appointed as one of two Deputy Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh.

Dr Sharma knows well the limitations of the role of a minister in higher education sector but says he would certainly be a good facilitator.


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