HRD ministry to set rules for ‘adjunct’ faculty

  • Brajesh Kumar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 27, 2015 02:41 IST

The government could soon set rules for hiring professionals from the industry as ‘adjunct’ faculty in higher educational institutions, including Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT).

The rules, the sources said, will make clear the qualifications required, salary to be paid and duration for which the faculty has to be hired. “A draft of consolidated instructions on the hiring of adjunct faculty has been sent to all higher educational institutions for their comments,” a senior HRD ministry official told HT.

A successful practice abroad the idea of adjunct faculty is aimed at helping students get industry experience. While most institutions have provisions to hire adjunct faculties, they have sparingly utilised them due to lack of clarity, the official said.

The draft is likely to make a masters degree (instead of PhD) as the minimum educational qualification to teach in institutions.

The move will address the problem of huge number of vacancies in IITs and other universities.

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