New Delhi, August 03, 2018: College principals across the country could enjoy a minimum fixed tenure of five years, with the University Grants Commission notifying its Regulations 2018 in the gazette. Besides, college principals will now be designated in the rank of professors unlike the rank of associate professors that followed hitherto according to reports published in thehindu.com
“A college principal shall be appointed for a period of five years, extendable for another term of five years on the basis of performance assessment by a committee appointed by the (respective) university,” the new regulation said. Presently college principals do not have a fixed tenure.
The UGC Regulations on Minimum Qualifications for Appointment of Teachers and other Academic Staff in Universities and Colleges and Measures for Maintenance of Standards in Higher Education, 2018, was notified on July 18. These regulations would replace the UGC Regulations of 2010. All universities in the country have been mandated to amend their statutes to give effect to these amendments within six months.
The regulations have prescribed a PhD degree as a minimum qualification for a principal candidate besides mandating a total service of at least 15 years of teaching /research in universities, colleges and other institutions of higher education. The candidate must also have “minimum of 10 research publications in peer-reviewed or UGC-listed journals” and a minimum of 110 Research Score to be eligible for appointment as principal.
Once a principal’s fixed tenure ends, he/she shall join back their parent organisation with the designation of ‘Professor’.
Besides, the UGC Regulations formally provide for the post of vice-principal. A senior faculty member can be designated for the post by the governing body of the college for a tenure of two years.
In addition to the existing posts of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor, the UGC has decided to prescribe qualifications for appointment to the post of Senior Professor in universities up to 10% of the sanctioned strength of professors in the university through direct recruitment.
“An eminent scholar with good track record of high-quality research publications in peer-reviewed or UGC-listed journals, significant research contribution to the discipline, and engaged in research supervision with a minimum of 10 years of teaching/research experience as Professor or an equivalent grade in a University, College or an institute of national level would be eligible for the post of Senior Professor,” the regulations said.
The selection of Senior Professors shall be based on 10 best publications in the peer-reviewed or UGC-listed journals and award of Ph.D degrees to at least two candidates under his/her supervision during the last 10 years and interaction with the Selection Committee constituted as per the UGC regulations.