How giving UG-PG scores of candidates higher weightage will impact higher education quality

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Published: February 26, 2018 5:32:42 AM

World rankings of higher education institutes/universities already feature just a handful of Indian universities/institutes, and that too at relatively unimpressive ranks.

UGC, UG, PG, UG score, PG score, PhDThe quality of pedagogy is perhaps the most important factor determining the quality of education. (PTI)

The quality of pedagogy is perhaps the most important factor determining the quality of education. So, it is quite bewildering that the University Grants Commission (UGC) doesn’t only propose that a potential college teacher’s graduation scores be given nearly the same weightage as her doctoral degree—the maximum weightage assigned for graduation score is 21% while it is 20% for PhD—but also is willing to let assistant professors take on doctoral students. Earlier, only associate professor-or-senior level university teachers were supposed to guide doctoral scholars. Post-graduation scores have been assigned 33% weightage Given the doctoral degree best demonstrates both research competence and area of specialisation, the UGC draft regulations are decidedly odd. This, when it is for the first time that graduation scores are being considered for teachers’ recruitment. The problem with prioritising a graduate degree over PhD is that many scholars whose research could help improve the quality of pedagogy could be passed over.

World rankings of higher education institutes/universities already feature just a handful of Indian universities/institutes, and that too at relatively unimpressive ranks. Diluting teachers’ standards will only worsen the problem. At the same time, the new draft regulations also make a PhD mandatory for a college teacher to be promoted to assistant professor (Selection Grade/Academic Level 12) after July 2020—a PhD will be mandatory for university level teachers even at the entry level. However, the time consumed by a college-teaching recruit to complete her PhD will not be considered as teaching/ research experience to be claimed for appointment to a senior teaching position. With the first year of PhD being full-time course work, it is difficult to see how recruits can juggle teaching responsibilities while working on their doctoral research. For yoga and the fine arts, no formal qualification is required to appear for the interview.

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