UGC norms link promotion to output; seniority not a factor

Last Updated: Saturday, January 16, 2010 - 20:43

New Delhi: The University Grants Commission
(UGC) on Saturday approved a new regulation which links promotion of
university and college teachers to their output in research
and teaching rather than years of experience, a move that
prompted a teachers` body to launch strike.

The Regulation for Minimum Qualification of Teachers was
accepted by the Commission and will be sent to the government
for concurrence, sources said.

Teachers’ associations have been opposing the move to
quantify their output and link it to promotion.

"The output of the teachers will be quantified and they
will be awarded marks as per their works in research,
teaching, publication and other curricular activities," a UGC
official said.

The new regulation, which will be now sent to the HRD
Ministry, will come into effect after its approval.

Unhappy over the provisions in the regulation, members of
Federation of College and University Teachers` Association
(FEDCUTA) went on a hunger strike and demanded changes in it.

The regulation would deflect teachers` attention from
their primary responsibility of teaching, FEDCUTA claimed.

"The UGC Committee has given weightage to activities such
as campus development, institutional governance and
consultancy projects which are not under control of teachers
and which solely depend upon administrators` discretion,"
FEDCUTA president AN Mishra said.


First Published: Saturday, January 16, 2010 - 20:43

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