Wednesday, June 30, 2010

UGC issues new guidelines for evaluation of teachers

Seniority will no longer be the sole criterion for promoting university teachers. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has laid down new guidelines to evaluate teachers on their contributions to innovation in learning through patent registrations, sponsored project works, articles in research journals, guiding M.Phil. and doctoral students, and helping the government in framing policy. A copy of the new guidelines was reviewed by Mint.

The guidelines, approved by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and sent to Union government-run universities and colleges on Monday, say university teachers would earn extra points during performance appraisals for additional activities such as carrying out research, writing textbooks that can be prescribed for institutions, and earning nominations to higher education-related committees.

"The guidelines aims to make teaching holistic from a student's point of view. While students will get the benefit, the new rules will give teachers an advantage to get promoted faster than the current trend", said an MHRD official, requesting anonymity.

The guidelines will initially be implemented in Union government-run institutions, which account for fewer than 25% of the 470 universities and nearly 22,000 colleges. Vinod Raina, an educationist, said the new system will improve the quality of teachers. "A review of their work is good. It should not happen that they are not doing anything for 30 years yet getting promotions".

Atul Sood, an associate professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University's Centre for the Study of Regional Development, however, was critical of the new guidelines. "While adopting global standards for appraisal, the government must provide global-standard infrastructure. Equality of condition is a prerequisite for equality in evaluation", he said, adding that many colleges and universities do not even have proper buildings.

Source: Mint, June 30, 2010

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