Tuesday, August 24, 2010

University teachers protest against UGC regulation

Teachers from a number of universities under the banner of the Federation of Central Universities Teachers' Associations took out a protest march from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar here on Thursday, protesting against the allegedly negative service conditions outlined by the University Grants Commission.

A delegation of teachers, including Delhi University Teachers' Association members, met Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal and submitted a memorandum of demands.
Some of the demands included withdrawal of requirement of a certain number of publications for promotion from assistant professor to associate professor under the Career Advancement Scheme owing to lack of research infrastructure in colleges and existing heavy burden of teaching.
Alleging that there was no transparency in the quantification of teaching and research activities in the form of academic performance indicators and performance based appraisal system, the teachers demanded the disbanding of the Internal Quality Assurance Cell.
The delegation further pointed out the problems and inconsistencies involved in the allotment of scores for publications in foreign and referred journals.
Demands were put forward for making changes in promotion based regulations besides establishing parity in the pay of professors and removing other aberrations in pay scales.
Source : The Hindu.


Dr. Kanagaraj Easwaran said...

The UGC's new regulation is discriminatory and formulated in an undemocratic manner. The PBAS introduced for teachers recruitment is unscholarly, unscientific and violates the basic tenets of quantitative behavioural measurement. UGC and MHRD impose the PBAS without empirically testing its validity and reliability. It is unethical and violates human rights as it will affect millions of people.
The conjectural PBAS excludes quality indicators in all categories of APIs.
There are too many loopholes in the PBAS and the measures suggested for infusion of transparency in the recruitment are highly inadequate.
The protest by the university teachers in Delhi is just. The teachers, students and research scholars all over India will oppose the UGC and MHRD for their unscientific, unscholarly and undemocratic new regulation

Dr. Kanagaraj Easwaran said...

Dear all who oppose UGCs new regulation and those who wish to reformulate the same can sign the following online petition. Also share this information with your friends. Dear all the UGCs new regulation is terrible and will severely affect the university and college teachers who are hardworking and sincere. Kindly come forward to mobilise all the stakeholders and fight for our rights.

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