Rigorous assessment for promotion of varsity, college teachers
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Last Updated: Tuesday, June 29, 2010, 23:56
New Delhi: Nearly five lakh university and college teachers across the country will now have to pass through rigorous performance assessment, which includes their output in research, to get promotion.

The UGC has put in place Regulations on Minimum Qualifications for Appointment of Teachers and other Academic Staff in Universities and Colleges.

"New benchmarks have been set with respect to teaching and research requirements. Teachers will be given points on the basis of their output which will help get them promotion," UGC Chairman Prof Sukhadeo Thorat told reporters.

There are around 500 universities and 20,000 colleges in the country.

As per the regulations, an assistant professor can get promotion to associate professor after completing a minimum of 12 years including three years in the grade pay of Rs 8,000. The teacher, if he does not have M.Phil or Ph.D, needs to have three publications. Teachers in colleges with M.Phil or Ph.D need to have two and one publication respectively during their tenure.

Similarly, an associate professor will be eligible to become professor after three years. In colleges, each PG department will get a professor's post.

The experience of teachers in ad-hoc and temporary positions will be considered while giving them promotion.

Universities and colleges will set up their internal quality assessment cells to assess the performance of the teachers. These cells will keep the annual database for individual and institutional performance.

An UGC committee, which prepared the regulations, has made certain separate recommendations which will have to be taken to the Cabinet for approval.

It has favoured increase in the salary of Vice Chancellor from Rs 75,000 currently to Rs 80,000 per month.

The UGC committee has suggested that the cap on promotions to senior professors in universities should be increased from 10 per cent to 40 per cent.

Federation of Central Universities Teachers Association had earlier opposed to provision of UGC nominees in selection committees in universities. This demand has been accepted.

"The thrust is to attract best students to teaching profession and ensure quality," Sunil Kumar, Additional Secretary in Ministry of HRD, said.


First Published: Tuesday, June 29, 2010, 23:56

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