UGC launches faculty recharge programme for Basic Sciences

Create: 02/07/2012 - 15:58

In a bid to provide high quality teachers
in pure sciences, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has launched
`UGC-Faculty Recharge Programme' under its scheme `Strengthening of Basic
Science Research'.

The scheme is co-ordinated by the Ministry
of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and UGC Empowered Committee. UGC chairman
Ved Prakash has written to the vice-chancellors interested in upgrading their
faculty resources in basic sciences to approach the Commission.

Under the programme, fresh talent will be
inducted for universities which are battling with severe faculty crunch. The positions
in the scheme would be at the level of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor
and Professor in Basic Sciences - in Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology,
Engineering and Earth Sciences. UGC has plans to induct 1,000 faculty at the
national level to enable the universities to rejuvenate their faculty
resources.

The faculty recharge positions would
initially be for tenure of five years. However, depending upon the peer group
assessment report, the positions would either be extended or elevated to the
next higher level or in some exceptional cases could even be terminated.

The age of superannuation of the
incumbents in these positions would be the same as prevalent in Central universities.

The faculty selected under this programme
would receive emoluments at par with those in the Central University; grants
would be provided by the UGC through the respective university where they would
be placed. Placement of these faculty would, however, be subject to signing of
an MoU between the UGC and the university and on the terms and conditions
governing the programme.

[Source: The Hindu]

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The Faculty Recharge Scheme will turn into Faculty Recycle Scheme , if implemented the way UGC has perceived it. You recharge a battery of your cell phone every night by pumping in electrons from an external source as you recharge your sump at home by letting in fresh water from the tap. The problem in the country is the acute shortage of good faculty which can rejuvenate the teaching and research in universities and bring in fresh air and innovation. The only solution to this is opening up of our universities for contract recruitment of overseas faculty through a special scheme(which actually is the Recharge Scheme) for periods ranging between 1 to5 years which not only will bring in fresh air into our systems but also a change in our work environment. This will also help our own faculty to grow through interaction and collaborations lingering research in newer areas. Otherwise with offer of better package by UGC, good faculty from existing colleges and universities and those who have retired from state universities and colleges will apply will move to the UGC pool. If this happens it will be a recycling and UGC will become the Recycle bin and not a reservoir of fresh minds. It is advisable for the Think Tank of prof vedprakash not to dilute the suggestions of subcommittees and announce them in the original perspective.

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