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Attractive salaries for Visiting/Adjunct faculty mooted by UGC
16 Feb 2012

The University Grants Commission has suggested hiking the salaries of visiting Professor / Adjunct Faculty as ‘meager honoraria’ has not attracted good expertise to the universities.

The apex regulator’s 12th Plan document states “Appointment of overseas faculty as Visiting Faculty at par with local faculty in terms of remuneration, and appointment of experts from industry in universities and colleges should be facilitated through special schemes.”

Stressing on the need of faculty mobility and faculty networking as it promotes interaction and also quality of teaching , the commission recommended that movement of faculty from one institution to another for a period of 6 months to 2 years needs to be facilitated through appropriate provisions and guidelines from the UGC.

It also highlighted that there has to be a monitoring mechanism in place for teaching standards. Assessment of teachers by students, peer assessment and self appraisal need to be implemented in all higher education institutions.

“A follow-up of such assessments with counselling, performance based reward system, and at times stringent corrective measures are needed for maintaining enhanced quality in higher education,” said the document.

It also pitched to reform the Self-financed Teaching Programmes. UGC recommended that all the State Governments should convert the self financing courses offered by the State Universities, Government and Government aided Colleges as government approved courses with appropriate aid and make the faculty members attached to the self financing courses as regular faculty subject to the condition that these institutions strictly adhere to the Government approved fee structure for these courses as well as the reservation policy of the respective State Governments.

“All the Government and Government aided institutions should be given UGC assistance without insistence on Section 12B recognition as a precondition as it is followed for central universities and colleges affiliated to them,” was another measure suggested by the regulatory body.

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