College teachers will not be assessed on research: Prakash Javadekar

Javadekar, who was speaking at a conference on higher education at the Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) College in Dwarka, said that after changes were made, college teachers would be assessed mainly on teaching, and their engagement in “community work”.

Written by Aranya Shankar | New Delhi | Published:July 30, 2017 2:37 am
Prakash Javadekar at an event in New Delhi on Saturday. Express

Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday said that college teachers would not be assessed on research for promotion. He said he is revising the Academic Performance Index that makes research a mandatory criterion for promotion of college teachers. Javadekar, who was speaking at a conference on higher education at the Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) College in Dwarka, said that after changes were made, college teachers would be assessed mainly on teaching, and their engagement in “community work”. However, for university teachers — who teach at the postgraduate level and above — research would continue to be a mandatory criterion.

“By making research compulsory for promotions for college teachers, research stopped completely. We realise that college and university teachers fall in completely different categories. There are different expectations from those who teach postgraduate students and those who teach undergraduate students. College teachers’ main duty should be to teach well,” Javadekar said at the two-day National Conference on Higher Education Perspective in India.

It was jointly organised by DDU College and Akhil Bharatiya Shaikshik Mahasangh — a right-wing organisation. Addressing college teachers, Javadekar said, “We won’t burden you with the responsibility of research, we’ll make it optional.” Javadekar said that making research mandatory was taking down the quality of research. As an added measure of accountability, student feedback system will also be started soon, he said.

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    Rakeah
    Jul 31, 2017 at 12:46 pm
    College teachers will not be assessed on research. Yeah they will be assessed on how well they can pleasure BJP leaders.
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      Linzhi
      Jul 30, 2017 at 10:36 pm
      now all prominent fake degree holders can become professors
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        Vijay
        Jul 31, 2017 at 5:29 pm
        true !!!
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        Inderjit Singh
        Jul 30, 2017 at 10:47 am
        Likewise research has nothing to improve the functionality of a prin l. Only senior teachers should be given the chance to act as prin ls and experience as well as administrative qualities of a teacher should be the only criteria for selection of prin l.
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          Ravi Kumar Jakanagari
          Jul 30, 2017 at 9:08 am
          Anything which is forcibly applied will always result in negative results. I truly appreciate our dynamic minister for HRD, Prakash Javadekarji for breaking the ice. Sir, What you said is the thousands of college teachers " Mann ki baat". We welcome your viewpoint and it will definitely help us in improving the quality of teaching at undergraduate level. Crores of rupees are going in vain in the name of national level seminars, Minor research projects at ug college level. Please stop this immediately. Instead fund more at required points.
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            chakm
            Jul 30, 2017 at 6:57 am
            For the first time, I can see a spark of sanity in this administration and I appreciate this. Research in the singular factor that has undermined quality of teaching on a global scale. Universities have now become publishing platforms churning out papers to ensure ins utional rankings at the cost of ineffective teaching. Ins utions that were once regarded for exceptional quality of teaching are now exclusively preoccupied with the obsession of publishing, and that too of mostly poor quality. Research that needs to be encouraged in undergraduate ins utions should be one of Reflective inquiry rather than Frontier research. The primary proclivity of teachers should be teaching and publishing should be considered as just an additional or supplementary evidence of scholarship, and not the primary tool of assessment of teacher performance.
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              Rituraj
              Jul 30, 2017 at 5:08 am
              What an ar-s-e.ho-l-e !! He needs to come out of India and look at the amount of research being done by undergrad lecturers. Lecturers should teach and research not do frakking 'community work' ? No wonder, all Indian students are running away from india.
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