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Delhi University is short of as many as 4,000 teachers across all colleges. But before the principals get a green signal from the varsity to hire more teachers, DU is likely to revamp the entire selection process. The university has set up a special committee to look into the selection of teachers at the entry level and suggest changes to ensure that only high-quality teachers make it to colleges from now on. The four-member committee that was constituted on Thursday is likely to submit their recommendations as soon as possible so that the recruitment process can get underway.
We have constituted a high-powered committee of acclaimed academicians. It is going to re-examine the process of hiring teachers at the entry level. It will suggest means and ways by which we can empower the process and ensure fairness, transparency and an all-India character in it, said DU vice-chancellor, Professor Dinesh Singh. The committee will be chaired by former vice chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia Syed Shahid Mehdi, former vice-chancellor of North-East Hill University Mrinal Miri, Shirin Rathode, who was the former dean of colleges in DU and Sudheesh Pachauri, the current dean. The committee has been asked to submit an early report as we have 4,000 fresh positions to be filled up across all colleges, Singh said. Entry-level teachers are appointed as assistant professors in colleges. At present, colleges are managing the vacant posts by appointing teachers on an ad hoc basis. With the implementation of OBC quota, the total number of undergraduate students has gone up by 54% in the university over the last three years which has also pushed up demand for teachers. Several colleges had even written to the university earlier in the year to allow them to start the process to recruit new teachers. While the UGC guidelines has made it compulsory for aspiring teachers to clear the National Eligibility Test to be eligible for a job, DUs high-powered committee is likely to work on devising a process to further ensure high academic standards. According to DU, the committees recommendations will do away with any scope for nepotism and also provide opportunity to candidates from other parts of the country.
Courtesy: Times of India
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