Shastry V. Mallady
It will cover select colleges and universities
Required number of teachers will go up with new universities coming up
Questionnaire seeks details of faculty position in varsities as on April 1, 2008
MADURAI: A nationwide study to formulate a policy on recruitment/retention of teachers in higher educational institutions has been taken up in the context of new universities now being established across the country.
The National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA), New Delhi, has initiated this sample study in select colleges and universities by sending an exhaustive questionnaire asking for information from varsity authorities. Sources in higher education here told The Hindu on Saturday that NUEPA Vice-Chancellor Ved Prakash had drawn the attention of universities to an “emerging concern that many teachers do not commit themselves to the profession for various reasons and opt for other professional choices.”
“Due to the proposed establishment of new universities and institutions of higher learning, the required number of teachers is to go up substantially. This study is a policy research to understand the extent, nature and factors influencing the mobility of teachers,” Prof. Ved Prakash had said.
The questionnaire has sought details of faculty position in varsities as on April 1, 2008; the total number of permanent teachers who were in service and retired in different departments of universities during the period 2004-07; information on teachers who resigned from service in the last three years and those recruited recently, among other issues.
Particulars on those teachers who have attended exchange programmes have also been sought, besides total enrolment of students in each department. According to Prof. Ved Prakash, the data now collected would be useful to the University Grants Commission and the Planning Commission in framing a policy on teachers’ recruitment/ retention. The filled-in questionnaire is expected to be submitted to the central body in a week.