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.
The Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar has recently said that college teachers will no longer be mandated to conduct research to be eligible for promotions.
However, if not research, all the teachers need to be engaged more in community activities along with students.
This announcement was made by the HRD minister during a two-day national conference on higher education perspective in India.
Here’s what HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said:
“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 in a recent HT report.
Professors teaching post graduate students:
However, university teachers who are teaching the post graduate students or M Phil and PhD scholars will be required to engage in research.
“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 a 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 added.
Teachers with inadequate qualification to be given last chance:
Recently, HRD Minister said that inadequately’ qualified teachers, working after enactment of the Right to Education Act, will be given a “last chance” to acquire minimum qualifications by March 2019. Teachers can get the prescribed qualification using the Swayam portal. Further, Javadekar added that there were about 6 lakh teachers with inadequate qualifications in the private sector alone.
[ Source : intoday ]