The Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal has
inaugurated a dynamic interactive web-portal dedicated to the ‘Faculty Recharge
Programme’. FRP is an exclusive scheme to recruit faculty in science,
engineering and technology.
portal has been so designed that all operations in the process of faculty
selection shall be conducted online beginning with receipt of application to
the stage of short listing of candidates. Final selection will be done through
personal interview of scholars living in India while applicants from overseas
could be interviewed through video conferencing.
The ‘Faculty Recharge Programme’ scheme was launched on the recommendations of
an Empowered Committee set up by MHRD/UGC under the Chairmanship of
Prof. M.M. Sharma, Former Director, ICT, Mumbai.
The objective of this scheme is to strengthen high quality
research in science related disciplines at internationally competitive levels
and promote innovative teaching in the universities through induction of fresh
talent at all levels of academic hierarchy in selected departments/centres.
Under faculty recharge programme, scholars will have to
undergo various selection rounds so that the best candidates with exceptional
creativity, zeal and commitment to research and teaching are appointed.
Through this programme, universities would be able to upgrade
and reinvigorate faculty resources in their science related departments. The
scheme will be open to Indian nationals living in India and abroad irrespective
of whether or not they are already in service. Initially the tenure of
appointment will be 5 years at the end of which it could be terminated,
extended or elevated to the next higher level following a peer group review.
Even though subsequent
evaluations will also be of five years cycle, faculty recharge positions can,
in principle, be carried through to superannuation. Each candidate will be
required to submit a research project which would be appropriately funded along
with a start up grant for setting up basic laboratory facilities, if selected
under the programme.