Responding to University Grants Commission’s (UGC) directive for implementation of the promotion policy for teachers, Panjab University (PU) authorities have now prepared a report on the promotion of 53 teachers since July 2013. The report will now be furnished before the PU Syndicate in its upcoming meeting this month, before a final compliance report is sent to the office of the UGC.
Earlier in April, the UGC had sent an order to the varsity stating that all promotions made since July 2013, that were in contravention of the prescribed regulations, be immediately reviewed and corrected by the authorities. The letter was issued on the basis of the observations on the implementation of the Career Advancement Scheme (CAS at Panjab University) made by the local audit departments of the UT administration. In 2015, the UT finance department had also issued a notice to PU for flouting the CAS norms for appointments and promotions of teachers. The administration also highlighted that the university had failed to review all the appointments and promotions by October 31, 2014, which was the deadline set by the UGC for review of these cases after the new API system was enforced.
As per the new system of promotion introduced by the UGC under its CAS, after June 13, 2013 all teacher appointments were to be made on the basis of Academic Performance Index (API) and capping. However, over the years, 53 promotions had been made at PU which were reviewed by a special committee.
Going by the report of the committee, concerns have been raised over the promotion of four out of the 53 promoted teachers.
“We will discuss the report with the members of the Syndicate, and hopefully will urge the UGC to allow the promotion of these four teachers as well. This is a matter of serious concern since it threatens the financial well-being of the varsity as well,” a member of the committee told Chandigarh Newsline.
According to the letter issued by the UGC however, failure of the university in complying with the CAS promotion policy could lead to the stoppage of central grants to the university. Panjab University is already reeling under a financial crisis, and the university is yet to receive the central grant from the UGC for 2016 -17.
Earlier this year, the UGC had, however, sanctioned a grant amount of Rs 176 crore for PU for the current academic year.
The UGC (Minimum Qualifications for Appointment of Teachers and other Academic Staff in Universities and Colleges and Measures for Maintenance of Standards in Higher Education) Regulations, 2013 (2nd amendment) came into effect from July 24, 2013.
As per the regulations, the overall selection procedure of candidates must be done after an analysis of merits and credentials, which should be based on weightage given to the candidate’s performance on the basis of his/her academic performance indicators.
As per the new criteria, 30 per cent weightage is given to research papers, 25 per cent to research publications, 20 per cent weightage to research projects, 10 per cent to research guidance and 15 per cent weightage must be given to training courses and conferences.