Even four years after the University Grants Commission (UGC) framed provisions for the promotion of professors to the rank of senior professors, Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, has failed to implement the same.
In 2010, the UGC had framed guidelines related to the appointment of teachers and other staff in universities, which were adopted by PU on June 30, 2010.
According to the guidelines, 10% of professors in a university, with a minimum of 10 years of teaching and research experience at the university or national-level institutions or industries, including the experience of guiding candidates for research at the doctoral level, will be eligible for promotion to a higher grade of professorship.
As per regulations, the candidates need to meet the required academic performance indicator (API) score of 500 through a performance-based appraisal system (PBAS) monitored by an expert committee.
According to the guidelines, aspirants should submit a PBAS performance review while applying for promotions.
No separate interview is to be conducted for this category. There are around 50 professors in the university who have served PU for more than 10 years.
The university had invited applications in October 2010 and seven professors had fulfilled the conditions. However, the selection process was not completed.
Dalip Kumar, member of the PU senate, has moved a resolution urging university authorities to implement the provision laid down in the UGC regulations at the earliest.
Kumar said the university should work out the modalities for the promotion of university professors.
He said this would add new academic dimensions to the university.
When contacted, dean of university instructions (DUI) AK Bhandari said the university was committed to approving the pending promotions of faculty members.
He further said the university had initiated the process of promoting professors to senior professors, but the issue was still pending due to technical glitches.
“There are certain issues on which the UGC has to issue clarifications. We are in constant touch with the commission over the issue,” he said.