HE body moots changes to academic promotion criteria

The University Grants Commission of India has proposed to do away with most of the existing rules on promotions for the post of associate and assistant professors, reports Outlook India.

For instance, according to existing regulations, ‘successfully’ guiding a PhD student is mandatory for direct recruitment to the post of associate professor. The proposed regulations seeks to do away with that requirement.

"Associate professor is a higher level post and therefore requires candidates with an independent research record. Guiding a PhD student is a sure-shot way to assess a person’s capability in doing independent research and mentoring," a professor told Outlook. “All reputed universities in India and abroad require evidence of independent research output like quality publications and successful PhD guidance.”
Full report on the Outlook India site