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Workload of teachers restored; fresh norms for deemed varsities

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The move comes at a time when evaluation is held up in Delhi University owing to a strike by teachers

The government has decided to roll back some of the changes it recently introduced to the working conditions of college and university teachers, for which a fresh gazette notification is expected soon.

The teaching hours required of teachers will now remain unchanged and would include tutorials, field work and project supervision among others, said Secretary (Higher Education) Vinay Sheel Oberoi said in a press conference here on Wednesday evening.

The move comes at a time when evaluation is held up in Delhi University because of a strike by the Delhi University Teachers Association.

The teaching hours, inclusive of tutorials, will again stand at 16, 14 and 14 a week for assistant professors, associate professors and professors respectively. These had been increased to 18, 16 and 14 in the recent notification, exclusive of six hours a week of administrative work, tutorials, research among others. The fresh notification will replace the UGC’s recent notification on workload and academic performance index scores of teachers, on which their appraisals and promotions are based.

Students’ evaluation to stay

However, students’ evaluation of teachers will continue, though the maximum points allotted to this will be 10, Mr. Oberoi said.

Henceforth, papers published only in journals listed by the UGC will be considered for API score. Universities will be allowed to offer lists of their own for the UGC’s consideration, which would include or reject these within 60 working days. Universities themselves will intimate the UGC about acceptable publication houses for books.

Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani on Thursday announced that new norms were underway on Deemed to be Universities. As per the notification, applications for grant of deemed university status would have to be disposed of within seven months and only those institutions that have an A grade in two NAAC cycles showing high quality would be eligible.

The visits of the UGC’s expert committee to institutions would be videographed to ensure transparency.

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