Yogita Rao

MUMBAI: Several city colleges are facing a tough time trying to hire full-time principals after the University Grants Commission (UGC) recently introduced an academic performance indicator (API) norm for the appointments.

More than 50% of the around 650 colleges in the city do not have full-time principals; in most colleges, senior professors fill in as acting principals.

Teachers get scores ranging from 5 to 75 depending on their research publications, academic contributions and participation in international conferences. Their accumulated scores should sum up to 400 in category III of the academic performance indicator for them to be eligible for the principal's post, according to the UGC norm.

According to the UGC norm, a candidate for the post of principal is required to have a score of 400 points in category III of the API.
In this category, the candidate is assessed on the basis of research and academic contributions, such as publication of papers or books by international publications and participation in international conferences.

"It is difficult to get candidates even with 100 points. Also, it is not essential for a principal, which is more of an administrative post, to have so many points in research and academic contributions," said Madhu Nair, dean of commerce, University of Mumbai.

"The principal's post is no longer attractive. Not many professors who are qualified would like to take it up as there is hardly any difference in the salaries offered. Plus, it is a high-pressure job and he/she is answerable to several people," said Nair.

Varsity officials, as representatives of the Indian Commerce Association (ICA), plan to ask the ministry of human resource development to review the UGC norm and scrap it.

Nair, who is an executive member of the ICA, plans to address the issue in the association's executive committee meeting at Udaipur on June 5, pass a resolution and then present it to the ministry. "We plan to ask the ministry to review the norm and scrap it," said T A Shiware, ICA president.

For the last three months, several college managements have been publishing advertisements and conducting interviews to fill vacant principals' posts. In a college in the eastern suburbs, the selection committee interviewed around 12 candidates, but no one was hired as the candidates failed to meet the UGC norms. The situation is similar in most colleges.

While the API came into existence since the implementation of the 6th Pay Commission, the Mumbai university adopted it recently. A varsity official said a principal, who wishes to apply to another college, can also be ineligible under the UGC norms. The requirement

Teachers get scores ranging from 5 to 75 depending on their research publications. Their accumulated scores should sum up to 400 in category III of the academic performance indicator for them to be eligible for the principal's post, according to the UGC norm

Courtesy: The Times of India, May 24, 2013

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

Copyright © 2013 amuct.org. All Rights Reserved | Powered by eCreators
Home | News | Sitemap | Contact

Contact Us

OFFICE:
AMUCT, I Floor, Nithyananda Complex,
A.S.R.P. Road,
Near Nava Bharath Circle,
Kodialbail, Mangalore- 575 003

 

E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.