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The Times of India | K R Rajeev | TNN | January 5, 2016 |

Kozhikode: The higher education department has proposed an online performance-based appraisal system on the basis of academic performance indicator (API) scores for promotion and placement of government and aided college teachers in the state.  The UGC had prescribed the API scores as mandatory for appointment and promotion of teachers and other academic staff as per its 2010 regulation, based on which the revised UGC scale pay was granted to teachers in the year, but the state government and varsities had not implemented it effectively. Many college-teacher organizations have been opposing the same with retrospective effect from 2010 for promotions by citing that the academic councils of varsities had adopted the UGC regulations only later. The higher education department has convened a meeting with teacher organizations in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday to discuss the new API score proposals.

However, the proposal to make the teacher promotions pending in the last five years –on the basis of API scores attained during June 1, 2014 to May 31, 2015 — has led to charges of diluting the UGC Regulations 2010, which should have been implemented from 2010 itself.  The draft proposal says that if the API scores of the above mentioned duration are not available, the scores from June 1, 2015 to 31 May 2016 may be made applicable. “The proposal to consider the API scores only from July 2014 for promotion of government and aided college teachers amounts to diluting the UGC guidelines as the teachers have been getting revised pay as per the UGC regulation from 2010 onwards,” a teacher union leader of Calicut University said.  All-Kerala Private College Teachers’ Association (AKPCTA) state vice-president D K Babu, meanwhile, said implementing the API score-based promotions retrospectively from 2010 was not justified as varsities had approved the regulation only later.

 The UGC regulation on ‘minimum qualification for appointment of teachers and other academic staff in universities and colleges and other measures for the maintenance of standards in higher education, 2010’ makes it mandatory that promotions of teachers should be on the basis of API scores after assessing three criteria — namely teaching, learning and evaluation-related activities; co-curricular, extension and professional development and research, publication and academic contributions. The self-assessment of teachers has to be made available to the head of department, the internal quality assessment cell and the college principal at the first level through an online template. The higher education department will put in place an online template with the help of National Informatics Centre (NIC). The government has also proposed reconstituting the screening committee for government college teachers to include the deputy director of collegiate education, a registrar from Kerala and MG universities and a registrar from Calicut and Kannur universities on annual rotation basis. It also considers forming such screening committees for aided college teachers. –  Courtesy

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