UGC launches faculty recharge programme for Basic Sciences

In a bid to provide high quality teachers
in pure sciences, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has launched
`UGC-Faculty Recharge Programme’ under its scheme `Strengthening of Basic
Science Research’.

The scheme is co-ordinated by the Ministry
of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and UGC Empowered Committee. UGC chairman
Ved Prakash has written to the vice-chancellors interested in upgrading their
faculty resources in basic sciences to approach the Commission.

Under the programme, fresh talent will be
inducted for universities which are battling with severe faculty crunch. The positions
in the scheme would be at the level of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor
and Professor in Basic Sciences – in Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology,
Engineering and Earth Sciences. UGC has plans to induct 1,000 faculty at the
national level to enable the universities to rejuvenate their faculty

The faculty recharge positions would
initially be for tenure of five years. However, depending upon the peer group
assessment report, the positions would either be extended or elevated to the
next higher level or in some exceptional cases could even be terminated.

The age of superannuation of the
incumbents in these positions would be the same as prevalent in Central universities.

The faculty selected under this programme
would receive emoluments at par with those in the Central University; grants
would be provided by the UGC through the respective university where they would
be placed. Placement of these faculty would, however, be subject to signing of
an MoU between the UGC and the university and on the terms and conditions
governing the programme.

[Source: The Hindu]

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