UGC asks universities to fill vacant posts for teachers

Sends circular to vice-chancellors of universities, saying an all-out effort is needed in identifying academically and professionally qualified persons for filling up the vacant posts

Stressing on a teacher's role in the proper functioning of a college and in providing quality education, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has once again requested universities to look into vacant teachers’ posts in various colleges. It had requested the same some years back as well.

An official from the University of Mumbai said both aided and un-aided colleges have been told to fill vacancies for teachers. File pic
An official from the University of Mumbai said both aided and un-aided colleges have been told to fill vacancies for teachers. File pic

In a circular dated November 12, the UGC has mentioned that many colleges affiliated to universities across the country have entrusted instructional duty to temporary teachers who have very little qualification and work experience.

‘The quality of instruction is the foundation for influencing the academic potential of our students, and during this transformation, the quality of teachers plays a pivotal role,’ says the circular, addressed to vice-chancellors of universities across the country.

The circular further states that the fact that many teachers are hired on temporary and part-time basis, means they end up teaching in a ‘ritualistic’ manner. ‘There needs to be an all-out effort in identifying academically and professionally qualified persons for filling the vacant posts in the universities,’ added the circular.

It further states that universities should advertise on their websites and other portals to invite applications from interested and qualified candidates. While University of Mumbai officials insist that most vacant posts have been filled, teachers paint a different picture. “For the past decade, most teachers have been hired on an add-on basis.

While, of late, approvals for these posts are coming from the joint director of education, the process is still very slow. Many teachers are still waiting to get hired on a permanent basis,” said Anil Deshmukh, from
the Junior College Teachers’ Association. He added that both junior college as well as degree colleges across the city are struggling for good-quality teachers. “We will be focussing on this issue with the education minister soon,” he added.

University speak
Officials from University of Mumbai stated that both aided and un-aided colleges have been informed about the same. “The university has 365 sanctioned posts for teachers, of which 154 are still vacant. Advertisements have been released and applications that have been received are currently being scrutinised,” said Leeladhar Bansod, for the University of Mumbai.

UGC firm on environmental studies
After the Supreme Court gave clear instructions to schools and colleges to include Environmental Studies (EVS) in the curriculum, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has once again given orders in another circular that all universities should teach EVS in undergraduate-level courses. UGC has also provided colleges with a six-month module that covers various heads of the subject.

“The UGC had been reminding universities to strictly comply with the circulars that have previously been sent since 2003. Not following these orders will be tantamount to contempt of court,” states the recent circular. It further mentions that failure on part of the university to implement the circular will force UGC to initiate action against the university heads.

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