The Times of India ||
KOLHAPUR: The University Grants Commission (UGC) in a circular on September 23 said that the state government or any other appointing authority can raise qualifying standards for teachers’ appointments. However, this may be done without deviation from the UGC’s norms. The UGC circular has said that it has been receiving a large number of queries from universities, colleges and individuals about the appointment of assistant professors according to UGC regulations. The queries are about the minimum qualifications for appointment of teachers and other academic staff in universities and colleges. The circular added that in view of public interest, the UGC has issued clarifications.
One of the queries dealt with the issue of whether state governments are empowered to raise qualifying standards prescribed under the regulations. The UGC replied, “The appointing authority can raise qualifying standards without deviation from the minimum qualifications prescribed by the UGC, if it so desires.” Another query stated, “When the UGC regulation only prescribes a minimum of 55% at the Master’s degree level in a relevant subject, does the state have powers to insist that the candidates must possess qualifications in relevant subjects at the undergraduate level?” In its clarification, the UGC, said, “The ‘good academic record’ is left to be defined by the concerned university or appointing authority.” Another query was on recruitments on interdisciplinary subjects, whether a candidate with an MBA can be considered for an appointment in the commerce stream. The UGC said, “The relevance of subject or the interdisciplinary nature of subject has to be decided by the concerned university or appointing authority with the help of subject experts in the concerned field.”
A clarification was sought whether changing disciplines at the UG, PG, National Eligibility Test (NET) or PhD level will be considered under the ‘good academic record’. The UGC again stated that the concerned university or appointing authority will decide on the issue without deviating from the minimum qualifications prescribed by the UGC. Following the increasing number of teachers’ vacancies in universities and colleges, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) had published an advertisement on September 11, inviting views from universities, research institutions and the public by September 20 on the matter. Following this, a few queries on the same were raised and the UGC clarified a few of them through the latest circular. The MHRD has formed a committee under the former UGC chairman Arun Nigvekar to review and suggest alternatives and improvement in the teachers’ recruitment process. – Courtesy / Published on 23/09/2015 –UGC Letter reg.: Clarifications on UGC Regulations on Minimum Qualifications for Appointment of Teachers and other Academic Staff in Universities and Colleges and measures for the maintenance of standards in Higher Education, 2010