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Monday, October 6, 2008

UGC pay hike proposal has rider

As the UGC-pay review committee has recommended over 70 per cent hike in the pay scale of university teachers, the faculty members wou
ld be required to put extra efforts in teaching and research.

Apart from taking general classes, the teachers will have to hold tutorials, guide research and carry out co-curricular activities, Prof G K Chadha, the chairman of the committee, said.

"The intention is that at the end of the day, the teacher should feel that he has done justice to his job," he said.

The practice of dual workload -- one for directly appointed teachers and another for promoted teachers -- in particular is abolished. All teachers in the category should carry out the same prescribed workload.

The committee said institutions should fill the vacant posts on urgent basis and the ban on recruitment should be lifted immediately.

About contract teachers, the committee has said such teachers should be appointed when there is a dire necessity and their qualification and procedure of selection should be same as for a regular teacher.

There will be multi-source evaluation system for judging the performance of university teachers. They are self assessment, assessment by students and assessment by the academic heads.

There will be several assessment parameters like regularity in classroom teaching, holding tutorials, availability to students for consultation, participating in faculty meetings, guiding and carrying out research and participating in academic activities like seminar.

The assessment should be made once a year and should be made available to the teacher concerned. The assessment should be placed before the selection committee at the time of teacher's promotion, Chadha said.

The UGC should evolve parameters relevant to universities and colleges respectively for carrying out such evaluations uniformly throughout the country.

The eligibility for assistant professorship will be qualifying NET/SET examinations. However, those posses Ph.D degrees will be exempted from NET/SET qualifications, he said.

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