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UGC norms flouted for guest faculty by Panjab University

Panjab University has
flouted the University Grant Commission (UGC) norms while appointing guest lecturers.
The university has large number of guest faculty in different departments much
more than the numbers prescribed under the rules. The strength of guest
lecturers is around 50 per cent in many departments as oppose to 10 per cent of
the total faculty prescribed by UGC. 

According to the norms,
the guest faculty can be engaged only against sanctioned posts and shall be
paid Rs 1,000 per lecture up to a maximum of Rs 25,000 per month, excluding
conveyance charges.

The department of
evening studies has appointed as many as 23 guest teachers compared to 25
regular ones while the institute of legal studies (UILS) has a total of 20
guest faculty members along with 21 regular teachers.

Similarly, the
department law has strength of 33 teachers out of which 16 are not on rolls of
the university.

Department of chemistry
where sanctioned faculty positions are 47, around 15 regular teachers are left
to run the department. Institute of chemical engineering has only 20 teachers
against the sanctioned 44 teaching posts.

The Department of
Zoology is virtually left with about half-a-dozen faculty members against the
sanctioned 14 posts.

Speaking on the trend, a
faculty member said “The guest faculty members are aware that they are a
stop-gap arrangement and hence the dedication is missing. At the end of the
day, the students are the ones who are most affected,”

When contacted, dean
university instruction Prof Bhupinder Singh Brar said that under the current
circumstances it was very difficult to meet UGC norms.

[Source: Hindustan
Times
]

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