According to the UGC Chairman, the teaching-learning ecosystem is negatively impacted by any scarcity of faculty staff in higher education institutions.
Several colleges and universities in several states still have a significant number of open faculty positions. In order to fill the vacant post of facilities, UGC has now sent a letter to all the states.
Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar, the chairman of the UGC, informed IANS on Friday that a letter addressing this issue has been sent to each Additional Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary, Education Secretary, and Secretary of the Governors.
The letter has also been issued to the State Higher Education Councils of all states and Union Territories.
The teaching-learning ecosystem is negatively impacted by any scarcity of faculty staff in higher education institutions, according to UGC Chairman. As a result, it is crucial to fill open positions as soon as possible with applicants who are suitably qualified and experienced, and the proper actions must be made at the early stage.
In this regard, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has already notified the “UGC (Minimum Qualifications for Appointment of Teachers and Other Academic Staff in Universities and Colleges and Other Measures for the Maintenance of Standards in Higher Education) Regulations, 2018”.
These provide the minimum qualifications and other requirements for appointment and service conditions of university and college faculty members and are available on the UGC website, Kumar added.
UGC said in this letter, “You will appreciate that the most important factor in the success of higher educational institutions is the quality engagement of its faculty members as they are the pillars of all academic processes.
They are envisioned as having the crucial responsibility of creating a conducive learning environment in the institutions, developing program-specific curricula, effective implementation of teaching-learning and evaluation processes, and developing students as responsible members of society.
Higher educational institutions are expected to strive towards engaging motivated, energized, and capable faculty members to deliver quality to learners.”
UGC Chairman requested different state governments and said, “May I, therefore, request your personal intervention and request you to kindly ensure timely filling up vacant faculty positions in the state universities and their affiliated colleges under your jurisdiction. This will go a long way in improving the quality of higher education in our country. Soliciting your cooperation in the matter.”
(Source: OTV News)