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The Hindu | Vikas Pathak |   NEW DELHI, July 29, 2017 |

They may no longer be required to take up such projects for getting promotions.

Teachers in colleges will soon no longer require mandatory research output for promotions, with the Ministry of Human Resource Development setting the ball rolling to change the guidelines for Academic Performance Indicators (API). However, the research requirement will continue to be mandatory for teachers in university departments for promotions. Laying out the new guidelines, Minister of Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar said, “Making research compulsory for college teachers [has] harmed research. Thirteen thousand UGC magazines came up. Many colleges made their annual magazines into quarterlies and added them. I said there are so many journals here: do you have Champak too?” The Minister was addressing a conference on “Higher Education Perspectives in India” at the Deen Dayal Upadhyay College here on Saturday.

 Relief for teachers

The change is expected come as a relief for college teachers, as their teaching load is generally higher than university faculty and many have been apprehensive that promotions would become tough as they would not have time to present well-researched publications for quality, peer-reviewed journals. “College and universities teachers are two different kinds of categories with different expectations. College teachers’ primary responsibility should be to teach well. That accountability is required,” Mr. Javadekar said. “We will not make research compulsory for them. We will say, ‘It is your choice’,” he added. – Courtesy

Research not be mandatory for college teachers’ promotions: HRD – Deccan Herald, Press Trust of India, New Delhi, Jul 29 2017

College teachers will no longer be mandated to conduct research to be eligible for promotions but would be required to be engaged more in community activities with students. This announcement was made by Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar today at a two-day national conference on higher education perspective in India. “We are going to do away with the mandatory clause of research for college teachers to get their promotions. An official announcement in this regard will follow soon. “Instead of that, I want teachers to be engaged in student activity. We will make one community activity or student activity mandatory and teachers will be given their scores on basis of that,” Javadekar said. Making changes in the Academic Performance Index (API), a criterion on which teachers get their promotions, the HRD Ministry is working on a plan to make research optional for college teachers.

“Currently college teachers are also required to do research activity to get their promotions, just like university professors. But we must understand that both of them belong to completely different category of teachers. “A college teacher should be mainly engaged in teaching. When we made research compulsory, research stopped completely. Conducting research just for the sake (of it) is taking down the quality of research,” Javadekar said. University teachers who are supposed to teach the post graduate students or guide M Phil and PhD scholars will be required to engage in research, he said. – Courtesy

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