UGC Revised Guidelines for Guest Faculty Appointments Puts Teaching-learning Process in Trouble

While the Guest lecturers are appointed to share the excess load of teaching, which is not adequately covered by the sanctioned strength. However, a UGC letter issued in January this year has left University teachers distraught.

On January 28, 2019, the University Grants Commission issued a letter introducing new norms in the appointments of Guest Faculty. Apart from enhancing the salary, the UGC letter asked Universities to appoint a Selection Committee for guest faculty.

Seeking amendment in the revised guidelines, DUTA wrote to UGC chairman DP Singh.In the letter, DUTA President Rajib Ray and Secretary Vivek Chaudhary held the view that the composition of the Selection Committee suggested is unreasonable as it will be near-impossible for the University.

The revised Guidelines lay down certain rules for the selection process of Guest Faculty. “The Selection procedure for appointing Guest Faculty shall be the same as those of regularly appointed Assistant Professors.

Contesting the enhancement, DUTA members told UGC that the new academic session has already begun and still not they have been able to set up these selection committees for the same. This affects the teaching-learning process in colleges and departments of Delhi University because appointment of Guest Faculty has been held up.

Teachers have sought an urgent intervention to ensure the appropriate amendment of the Guidelines so that the “immediate crisis in Delhi University is solved and the colleges are able to provide proper teaching-learning environment to the students.”

This is not the first time that Delhi University teachers have expressed concern regarding this guideline. In April, this year, teachers wrote to DU VC Yogesh Tyagi regarding the amendment in the guidelines on the appointment of guest faculty.

As per the DUTA letter of April 19 “Delhi University do not allow for appointments other than permanent/ temporary or on ad-hoc basis and Guest Teachers are to be appointed in Delhi University and its colleges only in exceptional circumstances or for very short-term vacancies.”

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