HRD ministry tells UGC to amend notification on college teachers’ working hours
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New Delhi: Under pressure from the teaching community, the human resource development ministry has reduced the work load of professors in colleges and universities, to some extent.
The ministry has directed higher education regulator, the University Grants Commission (UGC), to amend its notification issued earlier this month to effect the changes.
Here is how much a professor needs to work:
Assistant professor: The direct teaching-learning hours to be devoted by assistant professors will be 16 hours per week. This was 18 hours earlier.
Associate professors and professors: The direct teaching-learning hours to be devoted by associate professors and professors will be 14 hours per week for both. This was 16 and 14 hours, respectively, earlier.
Additional six hours: Teachers were required to allocate six additional hours per week, beyond the direct teaching-learning hours, on research. These six hours can now be also utilized for tutorials/remedial classes for their own students/seminars/administrative responsibilities/innovation and updating of course contents.
Beyond the classroom: Though there are no prescribed hours, the HRD ministry says that “in consonance with established academic and teaching traditions, and with a view to reinforcing a student-centric and caring approach, teachers are encouraged to work with students, beyond the structure of classroom teaching”. This entails mentoring, guiding and counselling students, and helping differently-abled students improve their academic performance, if required.
For the last couple of weeks, the teachers’ community has been airing its concerns and at Delhi University, the teachers association even refrained from evaluating the examination paper of their students. Professors are still of the view that the additional six hours beyond the teaching-learning hours is an excess and may hamper their quality of work.