In DU’s promotion push for teachers, some questions

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Differing instructions have been issued by Delhi University and the University Grants Commissions to high schools and departments over which publications may be thought-about for instructor promotions within the college, with DU permitting the usage of a broader base of publications.

Teacher promotion has been a long-standing challenge in DU, having been stalled for over a decade. However, after PC Joshi took over as Acting V-C final October after the suspension of Yogesh Tyagi, there was a push to clear promotions within the college departments and constituent faculties. In a 12-month report launched final month by the college, it acknowledged that it commenced promotions on “a war footing” and that promotions of 542 lecturers had been accomplished throughout departments and 4,569 promotions accomplished throughout 68 faculties until June 2021.

It has been learnt that the principal of a prime DU school wrote to the UGC final month stating that some lecturers are submitting publications in direction of their promotion which aren’t within the UGC-CARE record of journals and have been printed after June 14, 2019, when the UGC issued a public discover permitting solely the usage of journals on this record for tutorial functions. The principal sought readability on whether or not these papers, printed solely in peer-reviewed journals, may be thought-about in direction of their promotions.

In response, the UGC had written on July 5 and pointed to a public discover from it dated September 16 2019 which states, “…the Old ‘UGC approved list of Journals’ has been replaced with the new ‘UGC CARE List of Quality Journals’ (UGC-CARE List) and with effect from 14th June, 2019 research publication only from the journals enclosed in UGC-CARE list should be considered prospectively for any academic purpose’.”

However, the University’s instructions have been contradictory and its communication to high schools has been to level to UGC Regulations 2018 and to state that publications may be both UGC listed or peer reviewed.

“I’m not aware of any concerns regarding this. We are promoting teachers strictly based on UGC regulations. The UGC has issued several clarifications regarding the importance of publications in UGC-CARE journals and peer-reviewed journals as well, and we are giving weightage to both,” stated registrar Vikas Gupta.

After 88% of the journals within the outdated UGC record had been discovered to be “predatory”, a listing of round 800 verified journals was recognized by a Consortium for Academic and Research Ethics in 2019 to counter “compromised publication ethics and deteriorating academic integrity”.

“What is clear is that actions are being taken in haste. It is crucial that promotions take place but there needs to be some scrutiny… Academic contribution of the individual has to be looked at, which is missing right now. In my opinion, there should be subject-wise committees comprising the head of department, senior teachers, and two professors in the subject from other central universities to scrutinise applications and documents,” stated former DU Teachers’ Association president Shri Ram Oberoi.

However, the quick monitoring of promotions has been a matter of nice aid for lecturers, a lot of whom have been ready for promotions for over 10 years.

“The UGC-CARE list is like licence permit raj, trying to regulate and restrict academic work while the rest of the world is opening up… But here the question is that procedure is being followed and we are talking about promotions, which is happening on a large scale simply because of how long it has been pending. People have lost years and years… and have been failed by the system and the rule was suddenly changed through a public notice. To compensate for the losses, in fact, there should be a time-bound one-time clearing of all pending promotions,” stated Rajesh Jha, who teaches at Rajdhani College and has been promoted this yr. His final promotion was in 2007.

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