The University Grants Commission (UGC) has drafted fresh regulations regarding minimum qualification requirement for appointment of teachers and other academic staff in universities and colleges. It’s notification has made it mandatory for candidates applying for the post of Assistant Professors to have a PhD degree. Previously, candidates with M.Phil and NET/SLAT qualifications could also apply for the posts. As per the earlier guidelines, teachers said they needed 12 years of teaching experience as an assistant professor to be promoted to associate professor. Besides this step, it has also made a minimum requirement of 55 per cent marks at the Masters level for direct teaching recruitment, highly irking the teachers.
The minimum qualification requirements according to UGC Draft Regulations 2018 are:
• For direct teaching recruitment, a minimum of 55 per cent marks at the Masters level is required.
• PhD is mandatory to be promoted as an associate professor.
• Study leave for PhD will not be counted as teaching experience.
• A candidate who scored 80% marks at the undergraduate level will get 20 points.
• Those with 60-80% marks will get 19 points.
• Those who scored less than 55% do not get any points.
• The draft regulations have also done away with the Academic Performance Indicator (API) score till the post of assistant professor.
The draft regulations have been termed as “extremely retrograde” by Delhi University teachers for their appointment as well as promotions. The teachers have objected, specifically to the minimum 55 per cent marks requirement at Masters level for direct recruitment for general category candidates. There is, however, a 5 per cent relaxation for reserved category candidates. Apart from this, the move to a level 12 pay grade (increment on basic pay from Rs 7,000-8,000) had also left some teachers worried.
Sujit Kumar, a teacher at the department of commerce, B R Ambedkar College has raised serious concerns for teachers who have been teaching on a contractual/ad hoc basis and have graduated a long time ago and said that the ‘screening guidelines are not acceptable’. “This provision is very retrograde as it will take away seniority and deprive a teacher of three years’ increment. Everyone knows that the first year of PhD is a full-time course,” Kumar said.
However, the draft regulations have done away with the Academic Performance Indicator (API) score till the post of assistant professor. API has been a bone of contention among teachers since it was introduced in 2011 and they had been calling for its removal. “There is apprehension among teachers as the draft regulations talk about the exemption and not relaxation from the API system. It is a cause for worry, as there is a retrospective implementation of the point system,” said Rajesh Jha, a political science teacher at Rajdhani College and an executive council member.
This draft notification has created serious trouble for more than 100 candidates in Gujarat who had applied for the post of assistant lecturers as the state government has to fill up a total of 532 posts in this recruitment drive. The state education commissioner’s office had received hundreds of applications for these posts, and interviews were held recently at Gandhinagar. Since the new notification has come, more than 100 candidates will be automatically disqualified from the final round. The post for the assistant lecturer has five-year probation where the selected candidates will have a fixed pay of Rs 7,500.
“If the education department knew about the qualification required, they could have taken it into consideration right at the time, as many have spent an application fee of Rs 500 and then spent on to and fro transport to Gandhinagar for their interviews. We are writing to the UGC about the goof-up and its probable solution,” one applicant stated, on the condition of anonymity.
News Source : The Indian Express