The UGC in its High Powered Committee meeting held in the 3rd week August 2022 at New Delhi decided to facilitate the universities and other higher education institutions to appoint Professors of Practice. The UGC said that students shall be exposed to the industrial skills for which the professors of practice will deliver lectures on the skill based related courses. The formal qualification, research experience and publications does not required for appointment of Professors of Practice. The experts who have rich experience in engineering, science, media, literature, entrepreneurship, social sciences, fine arts, civil services, army/navy / air force are eligible to apply for Professors of Practice in the concerned fields.
The universities are required to follow the conditions as under;
- 10% of the approved posts can be earmarked as Professors of Practice.
- The salary/ consideration shall be met out of internal resources.
- The salary can be decided through mutual discussions between the candidates and the administration.
- The tenure of appointment is normally 1 year; however, it is extendable for a period not exceeding 4 years.
- The candidates should have teaching skills in the concerned field, besides discharging duties as assigned.
- The university/HEIs should design proper course suited to the area in which the candidates have experience.
- Such professors can be drafted for conducting workshops/ symposium/ training in addition to teaching assignment.
- The candidates shall submit the application with their Resume to the Vice Chancellor/ Principles / Director of the concerned HEIs.
- Such applications can be discussed in the selection committee led by the Head of the HEIs and 2 senior professors and 1 external expert in the concerned subject
- The selection committee recommendation shall be approved by the statutory committee of the concerned HEIs
- The teachers working at present and retired teachers are not eligible for the appointment
The UGC is expected to notify the guidelines in the next week. After observing the above, the Edunews strongly points out that the recruitment of teaching and non teaching posts are not conducted with justice and equity. The corruption in the universities is rampant and completely institutionalized. Every state funded university is running with corruption, dictatorship, favoritism and nepotism. The experts in the committee no matter whether internal or external remain mute during the selection process. Lot of posts is filled with subjectivity, finally the candidates not suited sneaks in to the HEIs, and they remain not as human capital but as white elephants. The UGC should revisit this system.