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Research Not A Boundation For Promotion Anymore Says HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar

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College professors will no more be under boundation of research to move a step ahead or to be specific, get a promotion. This good news was disclosed by Union Human Resource Development (HRD) minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday. But university teachers would have to prove their worth through research to earn a promotion.

This decision of the government has proved to be a succor to the long-standing grievance of teachers who have felt that the academic performance index (API) carrying the research condition was totally unfair to them.

The Union HRD Minister who was speaking at the inauguration of a two-day conference attended by teachers from over 80 universities, and organised by the Akhil Bharatiya Rashtriya Shaikshik Mahasangh (ABRSM) and Delhi University’s Deen Dayal Upadhyay College, also expressed the same views. He said that opposing of API in which research was a compulsion for promotion of college professors, really disturbed and could not do justice.

However, the professors won’t be given a reprieve from the mandatory student and a community activity for promotion,” he said. But those who still wish to go by the research work are free to carry it. The choice is theirs, he said.

College Professors Get a Waiver, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar Says

He laid emphasis for the creation of smart campuses in which energy conservation and cleanliness are given the top most priority. And to promote this drive a smart campus competition will be held which will be centred around “saving of electricity, harvesting water and energy generation by hoisting solar panels on college roofs”. “It will be a necessity for all institutes to be a part of this drive and we will rank them on the cleanliness platform,” he added.

Pertaining to the issue of norms laid for ad hoc employees in DU, where there are over 9,000 ad hoc teachers, which is on a higher side as compared to other universities, the minister said the present system would undergo a change” after which the appointment of these teachers would be regularised in a year’s time”. He gave another good news-the minister said that the seventh pay commission would soon be brought into action to benefit the concerned.

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DUTA Continues its Evaluation Boycott even after a month

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Delhi University Teachers Association, DUTA has decided to continue the Evaluation Boycott by adopting resolutions in favour of boycott by majority. DUTA has categorically demanded that the UGC’s Roster Notification of 5th March must be put in abeyance to ensure that no working ad-hoc or temporary teacher is displaced in the new academic session.

DUTA has been boycotting the evaluation for a month now to protest the new faculty reservation mechanism in universities and a host of other issues. In a General Body Meeting, the DUTA decided to continue its evaluation boycott by adopting a resolution, the teachers’ body said.

Meanwhile, the university again appealed to the teachers to end their evaluation boycott in the larger interest of students. This is the third time in two weeks that the varsity has issued such an appeal to the teachers

It has also demanded the immediate notification of revised allowances for teachers and workers as per 7 CPC. On other pending issues related to the counting of past services for promotions and absorption/regularization of all ad-hock and temporary teachers, DUTA has demanded urgent meetings with the VC that he has evaded so far. The MHRD and DU Administration have connived to prolong the suffering and anguish of teachers and attack the foundations of public-funded higher education.

 

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Private Sector to Fund and Aid in boosting Higher Education in India

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Higher Education in India might receive a significant monetary boost as the government is planning to rope in private companies and high-net individuals (HNIs) to finance and promote higher education across the country. The ministry of human resource development has prepared a draft of the plan and will present it before the Union cabinet for consideration.

Two government officials have stated the plan will be implemented through the higher education funding agency (HEFA), a non-banking financial company, under the human resource ministry.

Roping in HNIs and private companies might lead to improvements in higher education in India, and government officials seemed optimistic. “Bringing in industries or industrialists or high net-worth individuals for HEFA equity will have three benefits. One, structured and clean private funding. Two, outside experience of managing higher education funding. And three, curb chances of manipulation at the institutional level,” a government official told Live Mint.

In February 2018, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the education sector was a priority for the Indian government.

Why does this matter

In 2014,reports says that a mere 10% of students have access to higher education in the country. The article cited a report by a development economist Abusaleh Shariff, and mentioned that residents of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal have the worst access to higher education.

Report details that lax quality and a lack of accountability and widespread innovation is what ails higher education in India. Indian higher education seems to be suffering from a two-fold problem of quality and quantity. The Indian government seems to think that privatizing education is the only solution. However, along with private investment, the government also should look to invest more in education. India’s spending on education is much lower than that of other countries.

Perhaps some degree of privatization is the only way out for better higher education in India. However, along with adequate funds, the government must ensure the funds are being allocated to improve the quality of teaching offered to Indian students, thereby, improving accountability of the system.

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AKTU gets approved by AICTE to run design courses at UG and PG level

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AICTE has granted the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU) to have design courses at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels from this academic session.

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU) which was known as uttar Pradesh technical university,is a public collegiate university in lucknow in the Indian state of UP. It was first established as the uttar Pradesh technical university through the government of uttar Pradesh. Their main aim was to reduce workload and to ensure proper management. After that the university was bifurcated into separate universities, Gautam Buddha Technical University and Mahamaya Technical University. This university is also affiliated to approximately 800 colleges.

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AICTE i.e. the all India council for technical education has granted the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU) to design the courses at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels from academic session. It has now became the first university in the country to have the Bachelor of Design (B.Des) and Master of Design (M.Des) courses. “The university has received the AICTE’s approval to run specialised post-graduate courses in Lucknow,” said university vice chancellor Vinay Kumar Pathak.Classes for B.Des and M.Des courses will be conducted at the UP Institute of Design in Noida, which was established last year. The B.Des course will take 40 students a year and the M.Des course will take 18, said institute official Virendra Pathak. On this way, the AICTE has also approved three specialised courses – M Tech in Computer Science and Engineering, M Tech in Nano Technology and M Tech in Mechatronics – at Lucknow’s Centre for Advance Studies. All the three courses have an intake of 18 each student.

Students who are pursuing post-graduate courses will also get a monthly scholarship of Rs 12,500 from the government. The GATE score sheet will be used for according admission in these courses.

 

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