EDUCATION TRIBUNE

Not following norms
Teachers who have not been appointed according to UGC rules should not be regularised
Ambika Sharma
“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” These words of Henry Adams spoken in The Education of Henry Adams clearly illustrate the influence a teacher has on his students. While the right influence can channel a student to adopt a path of progress, it is equally significant that a teacher, who is supposed to be a cut above the ordinary, should have a high calibre to leave a mark.

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Not following norms
Teachers who have not been appointed according to UGC rules should not be regularised
Ambika Sharma

Qualification and merit should be the only criteria for recruiting teachers
Qualification and merit should be the only criteria for recruiting teachers

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” These words of Henry Adams spoken in The Education of Henry Adams clearly illustrate the influence a teacher has on his students. While the right influence can channel a student to adopt a path of progress, it is equally significant that a teacher, who is supposed to be a cut above the ordinary, should have a high calibre to leave a mark.

A teacher is a significant pillar of society. An attempt to corrode his strength by encouraging unqualified candidates through contractual appointments will have an adverse bearing on the academic fabric of society. Such appointments as college lecturers are made as a stopgap arrangement, when regular appointments cannot be made. However, regularising such recruitments leads to deterioration in the system.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has stipulated the appointment of only those candidates as college lecturers who have secured a minimum of 55 per cent marks in post graduation and have qualified either the State Eligibility Test (SET) or National Eligibility Test (NET). These conditions are conveniently relaxed during contractual appointments.

The regular appointments are made through the Public Service Commission where a candidate goes through the rigours of a screening test. Only those who qualify make it to the top. On the contrary, a majority of contractual candidates do not even fulfil the minimum qualification. Without having cleared SET or NET, it is often the political clout that ensures their selection as college lecturers.

Appointed initially for a single session, it is a committee headed by a college principal and a subject expert that make such appointments. Such teachers are relieved on March 31 each year when the session closed. But in a recent notification, the state Education Department has now decided not to relieve them during the three-month period (April to June). Besides causing loss to the state exchequer, it further promotes these lesser-qualified candidates. Even the mandatory reservation roster is conveniently ignored while making such appointments.

With a view to regularise these teachers, the state government had introduced an amendment to the Recruitment and Promotion rules whereby 50 per cent vacancies were to be filled directly through the Public Service Commission and the remaining through the contract system. This was however challenged in the court by the Himachal Government College Teachers Association (HGCTA), which later stayed this amendment.

The government then decided to terminate their services but all efforts proved futile when the contractual teachers obtained a stay from the court against this decision. No efforts have since then been made by the Education Department to vacate the stay.

The moot question here is why the system needs such lesser-qualified contractual staff? Is there a dearth of qualified candidates?

Mr D.S. Kheora, principal of the local degree college, who has a versatile experience of 32 years in the profession, termed the contractual appointments a necessity in the present scenario. He however emphasised the fact that the screening process should take a firm view of merit.

“As against the prevailing system of sending interview calls to candidates registered in the local Employment Exchange, the advertisements should be widely published in leading newspapers. This would ensure that meritorious candidates appear for the interview. The selection committee should comprise eminent academicians and it should be made mandatory that candidates who have not qualified NET or SET are weeded out. This would also put an end to the political interference made in influencing the selection committee,” adds Kheora.

While asserting the need for an evaluation system to judge their performance, he said, “The students are the best judges. Only those candidates should be appointed for a second term whose evaluation report is satisfactory.”

With the 11th and 12th Finance Commission recommending a reduction in the non-plan expenditure, regular appointments have been put on hold. Contract appointments have become imminent after a tacit ban on fresh appointments was enforced with a view to save resources. This system is also acceptable in light of the fact that it generates no financial liability in the form of annual increments, gratuity, pension, medical allowance and dearness allowance.

While opposing the regularisation of such contract teachers, the H.P. Government College Teachers Association General Secretary, Mr R.K. Kaistha, said the move had lead to the deterioration of the education system. It further affected the senior lecturers when the contractual staff competed for being assigned the job of evaluating answer sheets. Though some managed to procure such assignments in the absence of the mandatory 10-year teaching experience, it put a question mark on their competence. He emphasised that since they failed to qualify the Public Service Commission examination, it was grossly unjust to adopt two parameters for appointing college lecturers. The system only encouraged backdoor entry and their regularisation would make matters worse.

A section of senior educationists opined that this system provided an opportunity to appoint political henchmen and vacancies were deliberately created to accommodate them in the educational institutes located in the prime areas. A cursory survey of such appointments reveals that regular teachers deliberately got themselves transferred to create vacancies to facilitate their entry. Ignoring merit and promoting incompetence in teaching would not only corrode the system, but also adversely affect the progeny, the future of tomorrow.
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Campus Notes

HAU, Hisar
Rs 1 cr for students’ welfare

The Haryana Agricultural University (HAU) authorities will spend Rs 1 crore on strengthening various facilities and services for students. Apart from providing the latest facilities in hostels, the amount will be utilised to boost sports and for renovation of canteens on the campus.

This was stated by the HAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr J.C. Katyal, while addressing the gathering at the closing ceremony of the 37th annual athletic meet of the university. Dr Katyal disclosed that the university had got this amount as aid from the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and the entire fund would be spent on the welfare of the students.

Renu Gulia from the College of Agriculture, Kaul, and Tejinder Singh from the College of Agriculture Engineering and Technology were declared the best athletes in women and men category, respectively.

The College of Home Science won the championship trophy in the women category by scoring 48 points, while in the men category, the College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology clinched the championship trophy by scoring 59 points.

The Vice-Chancellor also gave away prizes to the winners of various events, including Nishtha, Naga Leelawati, Shweta Malik, Nisha Chowdhary, Rachna, Sonia Dhanda, Arun, Rakesh, Asim, Praveen, Jitender and Ratnesh Kumar.

GJU, Hisar
Informative notes

The NSS unit and the Department of Students Welfare of Guru Jambheshwar University organised an informative-cum-musical programme, “Maa Tujhe Salaam”, at the open-air theatre on the campus.

Former professor and historian M.M. Juneja was the chief guest on this occasion, while the GJU Vice-Chancellor, Dr R.P.Bajpai, presided over the function.

The musical evening began with a soulful rendition of Saraswati Vandana. A colourful cultural programme comprising patriotic songs, poetry, ragnis and Rajasthani, Punjabi and Haryanavi folk songs and dances presented by university students.

Artistes of the National Theatre Group also regaled the audience with their impressive performance. A few informative lectures touching the spirit of nationalism, sacrifice of martyrs and supremacy of service were delivered on the occasion.

— Contributed by Sunit Dhawan

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ADMISSION DEADLINE

Armed Force

Union Public Service Commission, Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi 110069
www.upsc.gov.in

National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Exam (II), 2006

Eligibility: Unmarried Indian males. DoB: 02 July 1988 – 01 January 1991.

For Army Wing: 10+2.

For Air Force, Naval Wing & 10+2 (Executive Branch) Course at Naval Academy: 10+2 (Physics & Maths)

Exam: 20 August 2006

Application Form: Available at designated Head PO’s: Rs 20/- (Cash)

Details: Employment News (18 - 24 March 2006) / Website.

Application Deadline: 17 April 2006

Art & Design

Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology, C-115, Industrial Area, Phase-VII, Mohali (Punj)

(In collaboration with NIFT) www.niiftindia.com

1) Diploma in Fashion Design / Textile Design (3-year)
2) Diploma in Fashion Design & Clothing Technology (1-year, Evening)
3)
PG Diploma in Garment Manufacturing Technology / Knitwear Design & Technology (2-year)
4) PG Diploma in Fashion Retail Management (1-year)

Eligibility: For 1, 2: 10+2. For 3, 4: Bachelor’s degree.

Application Form: Send Rs 200/- by DD favouring "NIIFT, Mohali", payable at Mohali to above address or at select HDFC branch.

Application Deadline: 15 May 2006

Civil Service

Staff Selection Commission

Combined Graduate Level (Main) Exam 2005
Inspectors of Income Tax / Inspector (Central Excise, Preventive Officer, Examiner in Custom Houses) / Assistants for Offices / Organisations like CSS, AFHQ, Railway Board, Ministry of External Affairs and Inspector of Posts / Sub-Inspectors of CBI and Assistant Law Enforcement Officers / Divisional Accountants / Auditors / Junior Accountants / UDC’s in various Central Government Departments / Offices)

Details: Employment News (18 - 24 March 2006).

Application Deadline: 21 April 2006

Engineering

Tool Room & Training Centre, Wazirpur Industrial Area, Delhi 110052 (Indo Danish Project, G/o NCT, Delhi)
email: trtc@bol.net.in

Condensed Course in Tool & Die Making
(1-year)

Eligibility: 10+2 (with Maths & Science)

Selection: Test / Interview: 17 April 2006

Application Form: Send Rs 200/- by DD favouring ‘TRTC, Delhi’ to the above address. (At counter: Rs 200/- in cash).

Application Deadline: 16 April 2006

IIT - Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076 (Mah)
www.iitb.ac.in

MTech in
1) Energy System Engineering,
2) Mechanical Engineering (Design / Thermal & Fluids Engg)
(sponsored by Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), Anushakti Nagar, Mumbai)

Eligibility: Valid GATE score
For 1: BE / BTech in (Mechanical / Electrical / Chemical / Energy Systems / Thermal Power / Automobile / Aerospace / Aeronautical / Metallurgical or Civil Engg).

For 2: Design Engg: BE / BTech in (Mechanical / Automobile / Production / Machine Tool Engg)
For 2: Thermal & Fluids Engg: BE / BTech in (Mechanical / Automobile / Aerospace / Aeronautical)

Stipend: Rs 11,000/- pm and a one time education material allowance: Rs 5000/-

Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 07 April 2006

Law

NALSAR University of Law, 3-4-761, Barkatpura, Hyderabad 500027 (AP)
www.nalsarpro.org

PG Diploma (1-year, web-based) in Patents Law, Cyber Laws, Media Laws, International Humanitarian Law

Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree.

Application Form: Send Rs 300/- by DD
favouring "Registrar, NALSAR Proximate
Education", payable at Hyderabad to the Co-ordinator, NALSAR Proximate Education at above address.

Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 30 April 2006

Management

Bharatiya Vidya
Bhavan, Sardar Patel
College of Communication & Management,
K G Marg, New Delhi 110001
www.bvbdelhi.org

PGDBM (3-year)

Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree with MAT
scores.

Application Form: Rs 300/- cash at above address by7 April 2006.

Corrigendum

Please note that the eligibility for Polytechnic Admission Test of Himachal Pradesh Takniki Shiksha Board, Dharmshala 176057 (HP) (in these columns on March 14 should read as ‘Matriculation’ instead of 10+2.

— Pervin Malhotra
www.careerguidanceindia.com

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