Academics wanting to be considered for the position of a university vice-chancellor or college principal will soon have to acquire a formal degree in academic leadership.
“We have approved a scheme under which proper training in academic leadership will become a pre-requisite for being appointed to these posts involving administrative work. We believe someone with a formal degree in academic leadership will be more suitable for these positions,” an official of the ministry for human resource development told HT.
Five departments will be set up in the country for providing training in academic leadership.
“A project approval board will soon meet to decide where these five training centers will be located and to take a call regarding their duration,” the official said.
The Centre has also tried to bring the states on board regarding this. Recently, central officials asked state education ministers to prepare for the change. “While it is true that many academics gradually learn the administrative requirements of these jobs through experience, it will be better if they are trained to fit the role,” the states’ education ministers were told.
Unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently, the Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission on Teachers and Training includes the scheme as one of its components.
But not all academics seem convinced with this approach. Dean of the School of Social Sciences in JNU, Aditya Mukherjee said: “People with a degree in archives’ management become archivists and not director-generals of National Archives. A PM need not have a degree in law and governance…If the V-C wants, he can hire a finance officer…Did Tata do a course in hotel management?”