Pro­mot­ing pro­fes­sors: PU yet to im­ple­ment re­vised UGC no­ti­fi­ca­tion

HT Ludhiana Live - - City - Vinod Ku­mar vinod. ku­mar1@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

CHANDI­GARH: Pan­jab Univer­sity has al­legedly failed to im­ple­ment re­vised guide­lines of the Univer­sity Grants Com­mis­sion re­gard­ing pro­mo­tion of pro­fes­sors.

The UGC re­vised the guide­lines re­lat­ing to ap­point­ment of teach­ers and other staff in the uni­ver­si­ties last year and they came into force with im­me­di­ate ef­fect af­ter be­ing adopted by the univer­sity on June 30, 2010.

Ac­cord­ing to the new guide­lines, 10% of the pro­fes­sors in a univer­sity, with a min­i­mum of 10 years of teach­ing and re­search ex­pe­ri­ence at the univer­sity or national level in­sti­tu­tions or in­dus­tries, in­clud­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of guid­ing can­di­dates for re­search at doc­toral level, will be el­i­gi­ble for pro­mo­tion to the higher grade of pro­fes­sor­ship.

The can­di­dates need to meet the re­quired aca­demic per­for­mance in­di­ca­tor (API) score of 500 through the per­for­mance-based ap­praisal sys­tem ( PBAS) method­ol­ogy by an ex­pert com­mit­tee. The aspi­rants are re­quired to sub­mit PBAS pro­for­mas based on se­nior­ity. No sep­a­rate in­ter­view is to be con­ducted for this cat­e­gory.

There are around 50 pro- fes­sors in the univer­sity who have put in more than 10 years. The univer­sity had in­vited ap­pli­ca­tions in Oc­to­ber 2010 and seven pro­fes­sors ful­filled the con­di­tions, but the se­lec­tion process was not com­pleted.

DUI Bhupin­der Brar said he had taken up the mat­ter with the vice-chan­cel­lor last year, but the mat­ter did not pro­ceed fur­ther ow­ing to some glitches.

De­spite re­peated at­tempts, V-C RC Sobti was not avail­able for com­ment.

Mean­while, crit­i­cis­ing the univer­sity, an as­pi­rant said the se­nior fac­ulty were be­ing treated shab­bily. "Pro­fes­sors pro­moted un­der the rul­ing will get more salary than the V-C, and that is the rea­son he had not shown in­ter­est," said an­other as­pi­rant.

He said the pro­mo­tions would have no ef­fect on the se­nior­ity list of the univer­sity, as claimed by it.

Also, lead­ers of the Pan­jab Univer­sity Teach­ers As­so­ci­a­tion de­manded that the re­vised guide­lines be im­ple­mented at the ear­li­est. "We do not want our se­nior fac­ulty to suf­fer at the hands of the univer­sity au­thor­i­ties, who have not both­ered to take in­ter­est in the is­sue," said PUTA sec­re­tary Mo­hammed Khalid. PUTA will soon meet the V-C to dis­cuss the is­sue.

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