The University Grants Commission (UGC) is considering introducing a system under which specialists can teach at central universities as full-time or part-time faculty members. A specialist PhD or NET qualification is not required to teach in universities. In addition, those who have retired at the age of 60 will also be eligible for these positions and will be able to work till the age of 65.
According to news agency PTI, a special position will be created for industry experts such as professors of practice and associate professors of practice. Under the proposal, specialists willing to teach could be hired as full-time or part-time faculty members, depending on the needs of the university, the official said.
The official said the UGC would form a committee to look into the matter and submit its report. Under the proposal, a new portal will be set up which will serve as a single point for those wishing to apply to a university.
However, some teachers have reacted to the UGC’s decision. According to the news agency, Delhi University professor Ava Dev Habib said the government was “freeing itself from the pressure of hiring qualified teachers on a permanent basis”.
“Teachers who have been teaching for the last few years are not” experts “and cannot be retained or selected for permanent interviews (as is the case in many departments of Delhi University). “Any system will be parachuted,” he said in a Facebook post.
Oishee Ghosh, president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union, tweeted, “A step towards destroying higher education.”
According to the UGC’s minimum qualifications for the recruitment of teachers and other educators, a PhD is mandatory for admission to the university as a professor or associate professor.
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