The Times of India | PTI | May 24, 2016 |
NEW DELHI: The human resource development (HRD) ministry on Tuesday defended the new University Grants Commissions ( UGC ) criteria for Academic Performance Indicators (API) for college and university teachers, saying it provides “more flexibility” even as it ruled out any possibility of reduction in number of teaching jobs. Several teachers’ bodies like Delhi University Teachers’ Association have held protests against the recently notified API criteria and sought its withdrawal by UGC, claiming that it was “anti-academic” and the provision for allowing students’ feedback on teachers would open a Pandora’s box. Speaking at a press conference in New Delhi, higher education secretary in the HRD Ministry V S Oberoi said that the new API norms provided “more flexibility” and as per the rules only “serious” students who have more than 75 per cent attendance will be able to give their feedback.
UGC Chairman Ved Prakash, who was also present, said there are three categories: teaching, research and co-curricular and as per the new criterion, there is more flexibility between the latter. Responding to questions, Oberoi said that there was no reason why the number of teaching jobs may be affected in any way because of the new criteria “as the number of teaching hours remains the same”.- Courtesy
Centre relaxes norms on higher education : The Hindu | NEW DELHI, May 25, 2016 | |
The government on Tuesday sought to clear the air on a new set of regulations for college and university teachers and doctoral students, pertaining to issues ranging from teaching hours to guidelines for Ph.D. and M.Phil. courses. While earlier, the weekly teaching workload was 16, 14 and 14 hours for assistant professors, associate professors and professors, these are now 18, 16 and 14 hours, respectively. This happens at a time when teachers’ bodies of Delhi University have already begun protests against the regulations. In a joint press conference with UGC chairman Ved Prakash, Higher Education Secretary Vinay Sheel Oberoi sought to dispel the perception that an increase in workload at assistant professor and associate professor levels for regular faculty members would throw out ad hoc teachers.
“The two hours’ increase in teaching workload at these two levels are in the form of an advisory to help students with special needs. They will not be counted in API scores,” Mr. Oberoi said. A new set of regulations has capped the time period allowed for completion of Ph.D. to six years, he said. The minimum permissible duration will be three years. Similarly, the M.Phil. course would have to vary from a minimum of one year to a maximum of two. There is, however, a relaxation of two years for women pursuing research leading to a Ph.D. and one year for M.Phil. The relaxation would also apply to candidates with more than 40 per cent disability. – Courtesy
UGC 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 3rd Amendment & Academic Performance Indicators (API) for Career Advancement Scheme (CAS) Regulations, 2016 – Gazette Notification , 4th May 2016