Bhopal: University Grants Commission has proposed to change the promotion policy for faculty teaching in degree colleges and universities across the country. The commission also proposed new regulations for categorisation of degree colleges. In a new draft issued on February 9, the UGC proposed to include attendance of faculty in classes, results of students, copy checking and class inspection as a measure to promote faculty. After 2020, faculty would not require an API score of 400 for recruitment and promotion to post of professor. But, a teaching experience of 10 years would be required.

The UGC also decided to categorise degree colleges and remove anomalies prevailing in higher education system of the country. In the proposed draft, colleges would be classified in two categories undergraduate and postgraduate colleges. The faculty with atleast 15 years of experience would become principal of postgraduate college. He would be paid a salary equivalent to that of professor.

In undergraduate college faculty with atleast 10 years of experience would become principal of undergraduate colleges. The principal of undergraduate college would be paid a salary of associate professor. The draft also, said the principal would have only a maximum tenure of 10 years in a college.

Also, after 2020 only faculty with PhD degrees would be promoted. The UGC further decided to provide a sum of Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5 lakh to NET-qualified assistant professor for completing PhD degrees.  The UGC has invited objections and suggestions from all the stakeholders till February 28 on its website.

Overburdened faculty says no to research

MP University Teachers Association secretary Dr Satyendra Kishore Mishra told Free Press that the new draft is welcome but new regulation could do away with the academic research in universities.  He said this regulation would not be good for Madhya Pradesh as more than 60 percent of posts of teaching faculty are vacant. The faculty is overburdened as it takes classes and undertakes administrative work.

According to Mishra, Association thinks that the regulation providing autonomy to universities would bring more uniformity, which is required for improving quality of higher education.

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