Promoting professors: PU yet to implement revised UGC notification
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.