IISc Bangalore Professor Makes Case for Having PhD for Teachers, Says Creates ‘New Knowledge’

Researcher and Professor Arindam Ghosh recently stated through a tweet, how important a Ph.D. is for educators. Ghosh, who is currently attached to the physics department at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), in Bangalore, said all teachers at a “serious university” should have a Ph.D.

Ghosh’s statement comes after the University Grants Committee (UGC) recently announced that a PhD will not be mandatory for teaching at central universities. The move will allow more industry experts, who do not have a PhD, to apply for and fill assistant professor positions in various disciplines.

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According to Ghosh, a PhD allows a person to “ask questions without clear answers.” This creates new knowledge, he said. “Students should be taught by these people because they need to know how to get past the textbook,” he added in a tweet.

The tweet gained great traction among some who agreed with the opinion, while many objected to or thoroughly examined the statement. One user said, “Couldn’t agree more,” and that a Ph.D. should also be from a “serious university”.

While another wrote, “I totally disagree. Teaching is a very specific skill that takes (in my opinion) at least 4 years to learn. A PhD gives you 0 percent of these skills.” One user said that a Ph.D. is not necessary for teaching and that many professors, who are excellent teachers, do not hold a Ph.D.

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Earlier, in 2018, it was announced that the Ph.D. would be a mandatory requirement for direct employment in the position of assistant professors at universities, effective July 1, 2021. Then UGC postponed and postponed it to July 1, 2023., due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, recruitment has been done on the basis of the UGC NET degree.

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