EDUCATION TRIBUNE Tuesday, November 26, 2002, Chandigarh, India

UGC move on contract appointments retrograde
V.P. Prabhakar
HILE some feel that the proposal of the University Grants Commission on contractual appointments in universities and colleges will create uncertainty in the higher educational institutions, others think that the move is based on dishonest justification in the name of merit and efficiency.


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UGC move on contract appointments retrograde
V.P. Prabhakar

WHILE some feel that the proposal of the University Grants Commission on contractual appointments in universities and colleges will create uncertainty in the higher educational institutions, others think that the move is based on dishonest justification in the name of merit and efficiency.

Still others are of the view that the malaise in the institutions is because of political interference. There is also thinking that the central and state governments are trying to withdraw themselves from higher institutions by starving them of funds.

These views were gathered from teachers of Panjab University, Himachal Pradesh University and Punjabi University.

Today, higher education in India is facing a paradoxical situation as the system is slow to respond to the societal requirements and global changes. Prof Yoginder Verma, Director of the Institute of Integrated Himalayan Studies, Himachal Pradesh University, says one of the reasons attributed for slow development and low quality of education is the absence of accountability on the part of decision-makers and teachers.

He says the exercise undertaken by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council of universities and colleges will bear fruit only when quality at the individual level, starting from vice-chancellors/principals to teachers, is insisted upon. For this the UGC should develop certain parameters for determining the accountability index. This also needs a national debate.

Otherwise, this step taken in haste may lead to frustration and sense of insecurity among the intelligentsia.

Any careful retrospection, according to Dr Satya P. Gautam, professor of Philosophy, Syndic and Fellow, Panjab University, shows that academician, politicians and bureaucrats love to engage in futile search for quick magical cures, instead of looking hard at reality. The Ambani-Birla report on Educational Reforms is no exception.

Dr Gautam feels the substantial issue of gradual deterioration in quality of teaching and research over the past three decades cannot even be touched by introducing the system of contractual appointments. The fact of the matter is that opaque modes of selections for recruitment and promotions have often been used to keep the meritorious out of the bounds of institutions unless one is a protege of the powerful and privileged.

Those who do manage to enter somehow or the other, do not have easy or convenient access to the facilities and environment necessary for good academic work.

Entry to colleges and universities, for students as well as teachers, should be exclusively based on transparent and genuine academic merit and merit alone. For this, we need to learn that is not scores grades in terminal examinations or entrance tests but academic skills and aptitude that matter.

Dr Gautam says that continuous assessment of Students as well as teachers, assessment which is fair and credible, is essential for bringing quality to higher education.

Dr K.C. Singhal, Professor, Management Studies, Punjabi University, feels while accepting the Ambani-Birla report, the UGC did not go into the objective conditions specific to our country. In the West, from where the concept has been borrowed, opportunities are more than in our country. Even there the contractual appointments are only at the entry level, that is at the level of Assistant Professors. Thereafter, the appointments are made on a regular basis.

Accountability and performance of teachers in India, he says, is linked to the overall system. This sector should not be isolated and it has to be seen in the overall context of general environment.

Referring to the growing indiscipline and falling standards of education, Dr Singhal says the teachers alone should not be held responsible for this state of affairs. This is primarily because of the undesirable and external influences being exerted on these institutions by political parties, businessmen, bureaucrats and central and state governments.

He feels the main reason for the malaise is that government bodies and management of colleges and universities interfere in the day-to-day functioning. Member of these bodies are not professionals and are not committed anyway for the improvement of the functioning. The vice-chancellors, particularly in various states are handpicked without any look at their academic achievements.

Dr S.L. Kaushik, Professor, Department of Public Administration, Panjab University, says any contract system can be successful in an economy where the rate of employment is high. In developing country like India such a system may not be successful as the rate of unemployment is very high and the people have the tendency to stick to their jobs.

This system has almost failed in the United Kingdom. Moreover, people on contract basis do not have a sense of belonging to the organisation and they lack commitment as they are ever on the lookout for a better package job.

“I am afraid that the contractual system, if introduced, is likely to disturb the socio-economic fibre of the society. Family as an institution is likely to suffer the most.”

Instead of the contract system, Dr Kaushik feels a tenure system may be introduced, whereby a person may move from one organisation to another for a fixed period and after finishing the tenure, may come back to his parent organisation. It may help create a sense of urgency for more effectiveness.

Mr M.M. Sharma, Fellow of Panjab University and former President of PUTA, says that the proposal is to privatise higher education and the agenda of the IMF and the World Bank on economic reforms, including education. If is an outcome of the compunction of market economy.

Dr Mrs Manju Lohumi, Reader, ICDEOL, Himachal Pradesh University, says although this system is already introduced in other fields, it is a ‘dangerously bold’ step at the university level which has all portends of vitiating the academic atmosphere.

She feels that the UGC should embark on more progressive ideas like all-India services for colleges and university teachers, work out a credible system for objective assessment to judge the performance of teachers, introduce an exam system for promotions on the pattern of the Army and give more autonomy to universities to evolve their own patterns.

Moreover, she feels, that the move of the UGC runs contradictory to the idea of having more deemed universities and autonomous colleges.




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Details Appln F: Employment News (16-22 Nov) or website

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Common Entrance Exam (CEE)

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Elig: For 1 & 2: UG Deg (50%).

For 3: GATE Scores (Engg/ Maths/ Phy Sc) OR UGC-CSIR-JRF Qual.

Exam: 16 Feb (13 centres).

Appln F: Website.

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(2) MSc (Comp Sc)

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Test: 9: Feb; Interview (18 & 19 Feb).

Appln F: Send Rs 800/- by DD favouring “Director, SICSR” payable at Pune or Register online.


Nov 30: Dogra Law College (Univ of Jammu), Bassi Kalan, (Bari-Brahmana) Jammu 181133 (J&K)


Integrated LLB (5-yrs)

Elig: Cl 12 (45%).

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Admission Test for DM/MCH & MDS

Elig: See website.

Selectn: Test (19 Jan).

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Selectn: Written test (16 Feb) at 4 centres, GD & Interview.

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(1) Masters Prog in Intnl Business (2-yr)

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Nov 25: Diving School, INS Venduruthy, Naval Base, Kochi 682004 (Ker) Commercial Diving Course (10 wks, conducted by Indian Navy)

Nov 25: The Indian Navy

Permanent Commissioned Officers in Naval Armament Inspection Cadre of Executive Branch

Dec 2: Union Public Service Commission, Dholpur House, Shahjahan Rd, New Delhi 110011. Ph: (011) 385271/1125

National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Exam (I), ’03

Art & Design

Nov 30: National Institute of Design, Paldi, Ahmedabad 380007.

Graduate Dip Prog in Design (GDPD; 4-yr)

(Indl, Exhbtn, Comm, Textile & Apparel Des)

PG Dip in Design (PGDPD; 21/2-yr)

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(1) Footwear Design & Product Dev (1-yr)

(2) Basic Design & Pattern Engg (6-mths)

(3) Footwear Design & Prodn (6-mths).


Nov 30: Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani 333031 (Raj)

Off-Campus Distance Learning & Collab Progs (2nd sem)

Integrated Ist Degree Progs — BS (6-Sem, Code: BZ): 1) Engg Tech (ET); 2) Info Sys (IS)

Hr Degree Progs — MS (4-Sem, Code: MZ): 3) Software Sys (SS); 4) Mfg Mgt (MM)

Nov 30: Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani 333031 (Raj).

Admissions (2nd Sem) 2002-03

(1) Integrated Ist Degree Progs (Code: FD) in Gr A, B, C leading to: BE (H), BPharm (H), MMS, MSc (H), MSc (Tech)

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ME (Biotech, Civil (splzn in Structural Engg/ Infrastructure Sys), Commn Engg, Comp Sc, Mech, Software Sys); MPharm

(3) PhD Progs (Code PH)

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Adv Dip in Comp Aided Tool Des/Post Dip in Comp Aided Tool Mfg (6-mth)

Master of CAD/CAM (4-mth)

Des & Mfg Tech using CAD/CAM/CNC Tech CAD CAM (3-mth)

Op & Maintenance of CNC M/Cs

Adv Metal Cutting Tech

Central Institute of Tool Design (M/o SSI, GoI Society), Balanagar, Hyderabad-500037 (AP).

Master Cert in (CAD/ CAM/ M CAD/ CAM/ Comp Aided Tool Engg) (6-mth).


Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, Diamond Harbour Rd, Joka, Kolkata-700104


Nov 21: (i) PG Programme in Computer-Aided Mgt (2-yr)

Dec 5: (ii) PG Dip in Business Mgt (3-yr)

Nov 15: (iii) Fellow Programme in:

(1) Management (Behl Sc, Fin & Contr, HRM, MIS, Strategic Mgt, Mktg & Op Mgt); (2) Eco; (3) OR & Syst Anal; Regnl Dev and 5) Sociol.

Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), V.L. Mehta Rd, Vile Parle (West) Mumbai 400056


Nov 30: Jaipuria Institute of Management, Vineet Khand, Gomtinagar, Lucknow (UP)

Ph: (0522) 394296/7

PGDBA (FT, 2-yr; PT 3-yr)

Nov 30: Indira Gandhi National Open University, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi 110068


For admission to MBA; Dip in Mgt; PG Dip (Mgt/ HRM/ Fin Mgt/ OP Mgt/ Mktg Mgt)

Nov 30: Indira Gandhi National Open University, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi 110068

MBA; Dip in Mgt; PG Dip (HRM; Fin Mgt; Oper Mgt; Mktg Mgt); Mgt.

Dec 5: Birla Institute of Management Technology, Sec-IV, Pushpa Vihar, New Delhi 110017. Ph: 6969251/56

PGDBM (2-yr)

(Dual Spln in Strategic Mktg, Analytical Fin, Strategic IT Mgt, HRD, Enterpren, Intl Bus & Insurance).

Dec 6: Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar

Ph:0674-300090 & 98

PG Dip (Bus Mgt/Rural Mgt; 2-yr FT); Fellow Prog in Mgt; PGDBM (3-yr, PT)


Nov 30: Bhupal Nobles’ College of Pharmacy, (Affl to MLS Univ, Udaipur) Udaipur 313002 (Raj).

MPharm (Pharmaceutics, 2-yr)

Protective Services

Nov 29: Bureau of Police Research & Development (M/o Home Affairs), Block No. 11, 4th Flr, CGO Complex, Lodhi Rd, New Delhi 110003

Fellowships for Doctoral Work in Criminology & Police Sc.


Nov 30: Christian Medical College, Ludhiana 141008 (Pb)


Nov 30: Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), All India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Entrance Examination Unit, 17-B, I.P. Estate, New Delhi 110002

All India Entrance Examination for Admission to MBBS/ BDS-2003

Dec 5: Staff Selection Commission, Block No. 12, CGO Complex, Lodi Road, New Delhi 110003.

Central Police Organisations (Sub-Inspectors) Exam 2002 (for recruitment to BSF, CISF, CRPF & ITBP)


The British Council, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi


British Chevening Scholarship-2003

Nov 30: ’02 Scheme A: Long-Term (Open) Scholarship

(for 1-yr PG studies at any UK Univ)

Scheme B: Short-Term (Professional) Scholarship (upto 3 mths, for wking profs).

Dec 5: Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (Deemed Univ), Jakkur PO, B’lore 560064

Summer Research Fellowships 2003 (2-mth).

Schools — Open

Nov 30: National Open School, B-31B, Kailash Colony, New Delhi 110048. /

Registration of Direct Candidates for Oct/Nov ‘02 for

(1) Sec Exam

(2) Sr Sec Exam


Dec 2: Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra 835215, Ranchi (Jhar) (Deemed Univ)

(1) BE (Biotech) (4-yr)

(2) Bachelor of Hotel Mgt & Catering Tech (4-yr)

(3) MBA (2-yr) (at NOIDA).


Lesson in English
W. L. Gordon

Words often misused:

Unsanitary and insanitary are interchangeable, and most authorities do not indicate a preference. However, unsanitary is more frequently heard.

Often mispronounced:

Burlesque. Accent the second syllable, not the first.

Often misspelled:

Frontispiece - observe the “tis.”


Record (noun) - account, chronicle, document, register, memorandum, roll, index, enumeration, inventory, archive, history.

Word study:

“Use a word three times and it is yours.” Let us increase our vocabulary by mastering one word each week.

Today’s word: Redoubtable (adjective) - formidable, inspiring fear, valiant. Pronounce as ree-dowt-a-b’l with redoubtable with accent on second syllable.

E.g. “He is a redoubtable champion of these principles”