Higher Education

Higher Education

Now, research not a must for promotion of college professors

PUBLISH DATE 30th July 2017

Union human resource development (HRD) minister Prakash Javadekar said on Saturday that research would no longer be a condition for college professors' promotion. However, research will continue to be mandatory for university teachers' promotion. With this decision, the government has addressed a long-standing grievance of teachers who have termed the academic performance index (API) comprising the research condition unfair.

Speaking at the inauguration of a two-day conference attended by teachers from over 80 universities, and organised by the Akhil Bharatiya Rashtriya Shaikshik Mahasangh (ABRSM) and Delhi University's Deen Dayal Upadhyay College, the minister said that the opposition to API made him realise that compulsory research for promotions of college professors could not work. “But they still have to mandatorily do a student and a community activity for a promotion,“ he added. He said teachers intent on research could pursue it. “It will be choice-based,“ he stated. He also spoke about creat ing smart campuses with an emphasis on energy conservation and cleanliness. There will be a smart campus competition, which, he said, will centre on “saving electricity , harvesting water and energy generation through solar panels on college roofs“. “ All institutes have to participate in this and we will rank them on cleanli ness,“ he added.

On the issue of the norms for ad hoc employ ees in DU, where there are over 9,000 ad hoc teach ers, much more than in other universities, the minister said the system would be changed “and their appointment be regularised in a year's time“.

He also said the seventh pay commission would going to be rolled out soon.

Addressing the teachers assembled at the conference Javadekar informed about bringing in reforms in UGC and the AICTE, after consultations with the stakeholders.

He also talked about improving quality through graded autonomy . “Those colleges with a better quality will receive graded autonomy without any grant cuts. There will be no direction, no interference from the government.“