UGC norms link promotion to output; seniority not a factor
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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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