No retrenchment on account of API & workload

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Vinay Sheel Oberoi, Secretary Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Higher Education, briefed the media persons on 4th amendment to UGC (Minimum Qualifications for appointment of teachers and other academic staff in universities and colleges and measures for the maintenance of standards in higher education) Regulations, 2010, as approved by the UGC in its 516th meeting today.

Highlights of briefing are under:
– No retrenchment on account of API & workload

– Direct teaching workload restored to 16/14/14 hours per week for Assistant Professors/ Associate Professors/ Professors

– Direct teaching hours to include Tutorials/ Practicals / Field Work also apart from Lectures/Project Supervision

– Mentoring by Professors and teachers to be also recognized while calculating direct teaching score.

– Achieving of minimum scoring in direct teaching dimension of API possible with these changes.

Regarding research dimension of API

– Cap on API, brought in by the 2nd amendment, removed.

– The UGC shall maintain a “List of Journals” for the consideration of Journals for API score. Inclusion of journals to this list will be considered by the UGC on the basis of its Standing Committee recommendations on a list, furnished by a University, and within 60 days of its receipt by the Standing Committee.

– The University shall identify the journals subject-wise through subject expert committees and forward the recommendations to UGC in the format prescribed by UGC for approval of the UGC Standing Committee.

– The UGC Standing Committee may also, suo motu, recommend journals for inclusion in the “List of Journals”.

– The list of books for consideration of API calculation will be decided by the University and intimated to the UGC.

– Scoring in research dimension of API will also include writing policy documents of Central, State and local bodies.

Reappointment of college principals

External peer review, in the format specified by the UGC, shall be taken into account by the Selection Committee while considering a second term to the incumbent Principal of a College.