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The politicization of teacher recruitment by vested interests; Evidence that everything is in order

Thiruvananthapuram> Vested pursuits are politicizing the appointment of Priya Varghese to the put up of Affiliate Professor, Malayalam Division, Kannur University. The opposition and the media tried to make use of the recruitment as a weapon in opposition to the federal government, which was achieved fully underneath the UGC guidelines.

The primary objection of the vested pursuits was that the one who had educational rating (analysis rating) than Priya Varghese got here second within the interview check. Nonetheless, these individuals had been hiding the truth that the UGC has determined that the educational rating is simply the eligibility standards. The proof reveals that Priya Varghese was appointed on the premise of correct qualification.

In UGC’s gazette notification dated July 18, 2018 (UGC Rules on Minimal {Qualifications} for Appointment of Academics and Different Educational Workers in Universities and Faculties and Measures for the Upkeep of Requirements in Greater Education, 2018) eligibility standards for the put up of Affiliate Professor in University Departments (Web page No. 6) 4.1 II iii ) is defined as follows:

A minimal of eight years of expertise of instructing and/or analysis in an instructional/analysis place equal to that of Assistant Professor in a University, Faculty or Accredited Research Establishment/business with a minimal of seven publications within the peer reviewed/UGC listed journals and a complete analysis rating of Seventy 5 (75) as per the factors given within the Appendix III, Desk 2.’
(Web page No. 6, 4.1 II iii)

That’s, PhD diploma and eight years of instructing/analysis expertise are the {qualifications} to use for the put up of Affiliate Professor as per present UGC guidelines. Additionally ought to have printed not lower than seven educational publications in Peer Reviewed/UGC CARE Listed Journals and will get hold of Research Rating (Educational Rating) above 75.

The UGC guidelines have additionally clearly prescribed that the choice to the posts of Assistant Professor, Affiliate Professor and Professor in universities needs to be made fully on the premise of interview. In line with this educational rating or analysis rating is the one criterion for choice for interview.

UGC Gazette Notification 2018 as Observe on Web page No. 6 clearly states the aim of Educational Rating as follows:

The Educational rating as laid out in Appendix III (Desk 3A) for Universities, and Appendix III (Desk 3B) for Faculties, shall be thought of for short-listing of the candidates for interview solely, and the picks shall be primarily based solely on the efficiency within the interview.’

Meaning educational rating is simply a measure to quick checklist the candidates for the interview check. The ultimate choice will probably be decided solely by the efficiency of the candidates within the interview.

As per Appendix 3, Desk 2 of the 2018 UGC Notification, the educational rating cut-off for the put up of Affiliate Professor is 75 marks. Meaning all candidates who rating above 75 will probably be referred to as for an interview. The respective universities can increase this minimize off rating if there’s nonetheless a surplus of candidates.

Kannur University has set a minimal educational rating of 75 for the interview check for the put up of Malayalam Affiliate Professor. Meaning candidates with analysis rating above 75 will qualify for the interview check. Out of the overall 12 candidates, 6 who cleared this minimize off mark had been invited for the interview. Priya Varghese’s educational rating is 156. Priya Varghese scored twice the qualifying mark of 75. The second runner-up within the interview scored extra academically than Priya Varghese, however each of them might solely qualify for the interview with this educational rating.

As per UGC guidelines, efficiency in interview is the one standards for choice. Resulting from this purpose, many candidates solely submit educational publications with their software to move the cut-off mark. Educational scores will naturally be larger for individuals who submit articles in non-peer-reviewed journals and different publications with their software. Priya Varghese has submitted solely publications in peer-reviewed publications.

One other allegation is that Priya Varghese doesn’t have eight years of instructing expertise. The competition of the vested pursuits is that the two years he labored on deputation as Director of College students Companies of Kannur University was handled as instructing interval opposite to the principles. However the UGC Gazette Notification 2018 which defines the instructing expertise debunks this argument as properly. The UGC guidelines clearly state that the interval of deputation shall depend as instructing expertise. In Appendix II, Desk 1 of the 2018 UGC Notification underneath the heading Evaluation Standards and Methodology for University / Faculty Academics (Web page No. 74) it’s said that 😐

‘For the aim of assessing the grading of Exercise at Serial No. 1 and Serial No. 2, all such intervals of length which have been spent by the instructor on completely different sorts of paid leaves corresponding to Maternity Go away, Baby Care Go away, Research Go away, Medical Go away, Extraordinary Go away and Deputation shall be excluded from the grading evaluation. The instructor shall be assessed for the remaining interval of length and the identical shall be extrapolated for the complete interval of evaluation to reach on the grading of the instructor. The instructor on such leaves or deputation as talked about above shall not be put to any drawback for promotion underneath CAS because of his/her absence from his/her instructing obligations topic to the situation that such depart/deputation was undertaken with the prior approval of the competent authority following all procedures laid down in these laws and as per the acts, statutes and ordinance of the guardian establishment.’
In different phrases, the UGC clearly stipulates that academics who go on deputation with sufficient permissions shouldn’t be denied promotion. The UGC additionally means that the overall instructing efficiency needs to be extrapolated from the instructing efficiency through the interval excluding deputation. As such, Priya Varghese deserves eight years of instructing expertise.

Aside from this, Priya Varghese has ten years of instructing/analysis expertise since 2012, together with two years spent pursuing PhD by way of College Improvement Program (FDP) / College Enchancment Program (FIP) of UGC. In a letter dated March 1, 2016, the UGC Secretary to the Vice-Chancellors of the Universities of the nation has clearly said that the interval spent by the in-services in analysis could be thought of as instructing/analysis expertise qualification for the put up of Affiliate Professor and above. The directions within the stated letter of the UGC Secretary are as follows:

‘the interval of lively service spent on pursuing Research Degree, ie for buying Ph.D. diploma concurrently with out taking any form of depart could also be counted as instructing expertise for the aim of direct recruitment / promotion to the put up of Assistant Professor and above.’ (UGC Secretary’s Letter, March 1, 2016)

This determination was taken within the 512th assembly of UGC held on February 4, 2016 and despatched to the Vice Chancellors by UGC Secretary Jaspal S Sandhu. In line with this, the analysis expertise through the PhD interval of the in-services can also be thought of as instructing expertise.

This has additionally been talked about in UGC Notification 2018. (Web page No. 5, Section 3.9)

‘The time period taken by candidates to amass M.Phil. and/or Ph.D. Degree shall not be thought of as instructing/ analysis expertise to be claimed for appointment to the instructing positions. Additional the interval of lively service spent on pursuing Research Degree concurrently with instructing project with out taking any form of depart shall be counted as instructing expertise for the aim of direct recruitment/ promotion.’

The declare of the vested pursuits relies on highlighting solely the primary a part of this. The primary a part of Section 3.9 states that the analysis interval of candidates who should not in service shall not be handled as instructing/analysis expertise. The reference in that half shall not apply to these on lively service. The 2018 UGC notification clarifies that the time taken to finish analysis on deputation from service could be counted as instructing/analysis expertise.

The 2018 UGC notification has additionally clarified that academics happening deputation with sufficient permissions shouldn’t be denied promotion. Research within the deputation technique isn’t ‘depart’. The spirit of the UGC notification is that this deputation interval needs to be handled as a instructing/analysis expertise in all respects, with extra time spent on analysis.

It’s clear that Priya Varghese was allowed deputation to do PhD underneath the FIP scheme of UGC as per the order issued by Kerala Greater Education Division dated 25-4-2016 (GO (Rt.) No: 1121/2016/H.Edn.). The order stated:

‘Authorities has examined the request and is happy to accord sanction for the deputation of Smt. Priya Varghese, Assistant Profeossr in Malayalam, Sree Vivekananda Faculty, Kunnamkulam, Thrissur, for present process PhD course for the interval from 29-7-2015 to 28-7-2017 underneath FIP scheme…’
(GO (Rt.) No: 1121/2016/H.Edn. dated 25-4-16.)

Completion of analysis by way of FDP /FIP can undoubtedly be thought of as instructing/analysis expertise through the analysis interval as analysis is completed on deputation from service.


Aside from this, Priya Varghese has greater than 12 years of instructing expertise together with the instructing interval at Kannur University BEd Heart. UGC says that related earlier instructing service could be thought of as qualification for promotion. Web page No. 48 of UGC Notification 2018 Section 10.0 titled ‘Counting of Previous Companies for Direct Recruitment and Promotion Below CAS’ states as follows:

Earlier common service, whether or not nationwide or worldwide, as Assistant Profeossr, Assistant Profeossr or Profeossr or equal in a University, Faculty, Nationwide
Laboratories or different scientific / skilled organizations such because the CSIR, ICAR, DRDO, UGC, ICSSR, ICHR, ICMR, DBT, and so forth., needs to be counted for direct recruitment and promotion underneath CAS of a instructor as Assistant Profeossr, Aossciate Profeossr, Profeossr or another nomenclature these posts are described as per Appendix III
Desk 1 to five…’.

That’s, the UGC gazette notification means that related earlier service interval fulfilling sufficient standards needs to be handled as instructing expertise.
(Web page No. 48, Section 10.0)

With this, it’s clear that the declare that Priya Varghese, who has greater than twelve years of instructing expertise, doesn’t have instructing expertise licensed by the UGC is simply false propaganda by vested pursuits.

Priya Varghese, who has all of the {qualifications} prescribed by UGC, has secured the very best marks on the premise of her interview efficiency. Right here no UGC regulation has been violated and the recruitment has been achieved strictly as per the norms. Those that denigrate this recruitment course of within the identify of educational rating are turning a blind eye.

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