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October 3, 2009

UGC to fix the workload for professors/assistant professors and all university teachers

We welcome the decision of the University Grants Commission (UGC) to fix the workload for professors/assistant professors and all university teachers under the University Grants Commission (Minimum Qualifications for Appointment of Teachers and other Academic Staff in Universities and Colleges and Measures for the Maintenance of Standards in Higher Education) Regulations, 2009. The UGC has ruled that the workload of university teachers in full employment should be at least 40 hours a week and for 30 working weeks (180 teaching days) in an academic year. This apart, every university teacher must earmark a minimum of six hours a week for research activities; however, professors actively involved in extension and administration will be allowed a relaxation of two hours. The new UGC rules have also fixed the term of office of vice-chancellors in all Central and State universities at five years, and a vice-chancellor will not be allowed a second term in the same university. Much is expected to change now. A university is the highest centre of learning and research, and a university teacher is the fulcrum of that intellectual endeavour. His role, therefore, is not just about dictating notes to students, but also — and more importantly — about helping them expand their knowledge horizon in innovative ways and inspiring them towards meaningful research by virtue of being himself an example. Higher education is no joke. THE SENTINEL

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