Lecturership Career in India
Lecturership, a role closely related to one of the noblest professions called teaching, has surfaced as an important
career option for many aspirants seeking to make their future into field of academics.Being a Lecturer it requires lot of research and hard work for a great academic profession. Lecturers have to devote a lot of time in keeping themselves abreast with the latest information in their field.
The profession involves a dialogic process where there is a constant process of dialogue between the student and the lecturer. Hence an individual aspiring for the position should have pleasing personality to achieve a comfort level with the students. The lecturer may pursue research simultaneously to the benefit of his organization.
Lecturership Eligibility Criteria
Age - There is no maximum age limit for the post of lecturer.
Educational Qualifications - A person must have cleared the examination of NET i.e. National Eligibility Test conducted by the University Grants Commission (UGC). The prerequisite to appear for this test is a degree in post-graduation in the respective subject. This test is conducted by the UGC twice a year usually in the months of June and December.
Skills and Attributes - The test is designed to test the person’s through knowledge about the subject. The National Educational Testing Bureau of University Grants Commission (UGC) conducts National Eligibility Test (NET) to determine eligibility for lectureship for Indian nationals to ensure the minimum standards for the entrants in the teaching profession and research.
The test is conducted in Humanities (including languages), Social Sciences, Forensic Science, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science and Applications and Electronic Science.
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The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) conducts the UGC- CSIR NET for natural sciences viz. Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and Earth Atmospheric Ocean and Planetary Sciences jointly with the UGC.
Recruitment Process - There is a written test consisting of two papers. The first part is of General Paper on Teaching & Research Aptitude. This paper is designed to test the Teaching and Research Aptitude of the Candidate.
The second paper is of the respective subject i.e. in which the candidate has a post-graduation degree. This paper is designed to test the candidate’s command over the subject.
Once the candidate clears the test he/she becomes eligible to apply for the post of lecturer in lieu of the advertisement for the post. Many states also conduct a test of similar nature called as SLET or the State Lecturer Eligibility Test viz. M.P.S.L.E.T. or the Madhya Pradesh State Lecturer Eligibility Test.
Lecturership Job Prospects
The selected candidate is appointed as lecturer in the pay grade of Rs.8000-13500 per month in Central Universities and state universities. Of late, many new universities and educational institutions have come up which have generated a large number of vacancies for lecturers. Moreover, there is a great deal of job satisfaction associated with this profession.