AISA Statement on UGC Gazette notification of the third amendment (2016) in UGC Regulations (2010)
The recent made third amendments in the UGC regulations of 2010, has serious and negative implications for both Teaching community (Both Permanent and Ad-Hoc) and Students. The amendment which was notified on 10th May 2016), has drastically increased the teaching hours for Assistant Professors from 16 Hours to 24 Hours Per Week and from 14 hours to 22 hours per week for Associate Professors, b) devalued the tutorial classes for Humanities and social science, which until now, was an important feature of class room learning, c) for science courses, from now on a 2 hour of practical class will count as just 1 hour of lecture classes.
For the teaching community this will clearly mean a 50% increase in work load for Permanent faculty, and for current Ad-Hoc faculty, it will simply mean severe decline in Job prospect, as, by increasing the teaching hours, the work load will be divided among already existing permanent faculty, leading to fewer and fewer number of new vacancies. Currently there are almost 4000 vacant posts in Delhi University alone, filled mainly by research scholars. The anti-student, anti-teacher and overall anti-education stance of this present government is clearly reflected in this move, as instead of filling the already vacant positions in DU, they are cutting down the number of teaching posts.
This severe increase in working hours for teaching community will also have drastic consequences for Student community. Firstly, it will lead to decline in teacher-student ratio as the number of teachers will come down, secondly, because of increment in workload, the quality of teaching will be affected negatively, as teachers will be forced to teach more courses in limited time period and lastly these changes will have extremely negative impact on students, especially for those coming from deprived socio-economic background (who might need special attention) as the prospect of engagement between teacher and student will decline because of increased workload.
AISA believes that this particular amendment should not be seen in isolation with the overall education policy of the BJP government, which can be clearly defined as that of budget cuts leading to Privatization of Higher Education in our country. This particular move can be seen as a result of 55% budget cut for UGC by the Government of India. We condemn and oppose this draconian, anti-education diktat by UGC working at the behest of MHRD. We see it in the line MHRD’s undeclared war on Universities which include (a) drastic fund cut of UGC, Central Universities (b)
Intervention in courses and syllabus to saffronize and undermine the autonomy of Universities (c) direct targeting and police action on opposing teachers and students like FTII, HCU, JNU, BHU etc
(2) This is also reflective of the anti-reservation and Brahamanical mindset of the BJP govt as most of the vacancies belong to the reserved category not filled for years. Rather than filling the backlog immediately, which has been a long standing demand of AISA, the UFC and MHRD are conspiring to abolish the seats all together.·
It is very well known that last year the UGC under the diktats of MHRD tried to cut down the fellowship of Non-Net research scholars which was met by severe student-teacher resistance. Earlier the Delhi University had to roll back FYUP, which was another move towards privatization of Higher Education. In the same manner this anti-education move by the Government will also be met by severe resistance on roads until Government withdraws it in toto and fulfills the huge backlog and increases the Budget for Education. We wholeheartedly support the protest against these measures by the DUTA and AISA will also take up a national campaign against this move by the UGC under the diktats of MHRD.