Varsities to Hire Experts as 10% Faculty; Degree, Publications Not Mandatory

New Delhi: Universities and colleges can now hire proven experts as faculty members Professors of Practice (PoP) in the universities and colleges category, for which formal academic qualification and publication requirements will not be mandatory, PTI news agency reports. According to the new guidelines issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC) on Friday, Experts in fields such as engineering, science, media, literature, entrepreneurship, social sciences, fine arts, public services and armed forces, among others, may be hired in this category.Also Read – 25 Percent Additional Places for Foreign Students at Universities, Colleges: New Policies from UGC


Those who have demonstrated expertise in their specific job or role with at least 15 years of service or experience, preferably at a managerial level, are eligible to be professors of practice. A formal academic qualification is not required for this position, if instead you have exemplary professional practice, read the guidelines. Also Read – UGC Tells Universities to Make Legislative Changes to Make It Easier for Students Pursuing Two Degrees Simultaneously

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  1. PoP is a common practice around the world. PoPs, which are primarily non-permanent faculty members, are trending at many universities including Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, Stanford University, SOAS University of London, Cornell University and the University of Helsinki to name a few.
  2. Also in India, PoPs are appointed at the Indian Institutes of Technology in Delhi, Madras and Guwahati. According to the guidelines, the number of PoPs at a higher education institution (HEI) should at no time exceed 10 percent of the approved positions and operate in three categories, funded by industry, funded by the higher education institutions themselves with resources and on a volunteer basis.
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According to the guidelines, the maximum length of service at an institution should not exceed three years, which can be extended by one year in exceptional cases. Faculty members in the program are hired in three categories: industry-funded practice professors, university-funded practice professors and honorary practice professors. Also Read – CSIR UGC NET Answer Key 2022 Out at; Check the direct link, the last dates to object

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The appointment of professors in practice is limited. You will only be hired for the sanctioned positions of a university or college. This does not affect the number of sanctioned positions and the recruitment of full faculty members. The program will not be open to those in teaching positions, either in service or retired, read policy.

(With inputs from PTI)