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Govt. sets up panel to suggest steps to attract talented candidates to teaching profession

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, July 25, 2015

The Central Government has constituted a committee to suggest measures aimed at attracting and retaining talented and quality manpower and selecting the most meritorious candidates for the teaching profession.
The committee, chaired by Prof. Arun Nigavekar, former Chairman of the University Grants Commission, will, among other things, evaluate the Academic Performance Indicator (API) Scheme as regards the entry point and career advancement of teachers by taking into account its criticism and suggest suitable improvements/alternatives. 
An official press release from the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) said the committee would also evaluate Ph.D-NET qualifications for entry of teachers and to accordingly suggest a policy for selections. 
It will also consider the problems and issues related to ad hoc and contractual appointments in Central Universities and make recommendations to resolve them. 
Other members of the committee are: Mr. Sumit Bose, former Secretary, Government of India; Prof. Sunil Gupta, former Vice-Chancellor, Himachal Pradesh University; Prof. B. Thimme Gowda, former Vice-Chancellor, Bangalore University; Prof. Ashwini Kumar Mohapatra, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Mr. S.S. Sandhu, Joint Secretary, MHRD, who will be the Member-Convener). 
The release said the Central Government and the UGC had laid down various provisions for regulating recruitment of teachers and academic staff in universities and colleges and their career advancement in UGC-funded institutions. 
"However, the continuing vacancy position in central government funded institutions is a matter of concern as these universities and colleges have to discharge their role as pace setting institutions in their areas of operation. The Government has also received several petitions regarding the policy for selections to the post of Assistant Professors in Universities and Colleges, including such State higher educational institutions. The UGC has further, in the past, made certain recommendations in the matter," it said.
The committee has been asked to submit its report within a period of two months, the release added.

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