Thiruvananthapuram

Unaided colleges may come under UGC norms

The government is gearing up to extend University Grants Commission (UGC) norms for appointments and fixing qualifications of teaching and non-teaching staff in unaided colleges.

Initiating steps to frame uniform rules to ensure service conditions for those employed in the unaided sector, the Higher Education Department has recommended sweeping changes, including provisions, that ensure service benefits on a par with the aided sector.

The draft set of rules, which are being legally vetted, are also aimed at ensuring quality education in the sector, which has been largely unregulated.

The implementation of the proposed rules is expected to lead to compliance with minimum qualifications as far as appointments are concerned. The minimum qualifications for the posts of assistant professors, associate professors, professors, Principals, and other officers, shall be those prescribed by the UGC. Besides, appointments will require the approval of the respective university.

The teaching and non-teaching staff will be entitled to benefits, including salary, allowance, and leave, similar to the corresponding posts in aided colleges.

The workload of teachers shall be in accordance with the norms laid down by the respective regulating agency such as the UGC, National Council for Teacher Education, and the All India Council of Technical Education.

Workload of teachers

The workload of teachers in temporary and contract employment is proposed to be not less than 40 hours a week.

While assistant professors, readers, and associate professors will be required to put in 16 direct teaching hours a week, professors involved in research, extension, and administration will be provided a relaxation of two hours.

The guidelines also recommend a code of professional ethics detailing norms for initiating disciplinary action for lapses.

The move assumes importance as a vast majority of students pursue higher education in the unaided stream. According to the Justice K.K. Denesan commission report on self-financing education institutions in Kerala (2017), there are 989 unaided colleges run by private managements among the 1,478 higher education institutions .

These include engineering, arts and science, nursing, pharmacy, and other professional colleges. In addition, there were 93 government-controlled and 70 university-maintained self-financing colleges not governed by a uniform set of rules.

Notably, most unaided colleges are unaccredited. Of the 215 accredited institutions, the majority functioned in the government and aided sectors.

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