Despite protests,UGC to assess teachers

Despite stiff resistance from college teachers,the University Grants Commission (UGC) has retained the Academic Performance Indicators (APIs) based Performance Based Appraisal System (PBAS) to assess teacher performance.

Written by Anubhuti Vishnoi | New Delhi | Published: June 11, 2013 3:38 am

Despite stiff resistance from college teachers,the University Grants Commission (UGC) has retained the Academic Performance Indicators (APIs) based Performance Based Appraisal System (PBAS) to assess teacher performance. It has also brought in systems to ensure productive research by teachers.

However the UGC has said that API scores will not be a factor for the final interviews but only for the screening process. The final stage of interviews will be scored separately by University Boards.

On May 10,the UGC approved amendments to the UGC Regulations of 2010 (Minimum Qualifications for Appointment of Teachers,Other Academic Staff in Universities and Colleges and Measures for the Maintenance of Standard in Higher Education),after changing the weightage to API indicators.

As per regulations,teachers are to be graded and assessed annually on their performance and become eligible for promotions through the PBAS that will be graded based on the APIs (teaching performance,research work and publication quality). The API and PBAS have been opposed by teachers’ bodies and,several varsities and the UGC itself was divided on the issue.

Concerns had also been raised about the level of research and its quality,since in some instances teachers would get high API scores by focusing on ‘softer areas’; by attending conferences and skipping critical elements like research projects and papers. To ensure candidates contribute to all parts of research,the commission has now amended regulations so that no more than 15% of the API grading can be based on participation in training courses,conferences and seminars,sources say.

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