Mumbai college teachers are using research to revamp their resume
Mumbai city news: Colleges are helping teachers upgrade their skills by introducing them to latest developments in researchmumbai Updated: Jun 12, 2017 00:49 IST
At a time when the University Grants Commission (UGC) is pushing for an upgrading of minimum qualifications for teachers, city colleges are ensuring that their teachers meet the requirements.
A number of colleges have been conducting training workshops to help teachers improve their resumes by introducing them to latest developments in the field of research, and identifying journals to publish their papers. Teachers are being told about the dos and don’ts of research work. Many colleges are encouraging their teachers to apply for PhDs in order to prepare them for promotions, as well as personal development.
“We had an expert talking to the teachers on the basics of research writing, how to avoid plagiarism, the most recent and big journals to aim for, etc. The aim is not just to encourage teachers to apply for a PhD, but instead regularly publish research papers in national and international journals,” said Marie Fernandes, principal of St Andrew’s College, Bandra (W). One such session was conducted in the college recently which was attended by all teachers.
According to the UGC, promotion of teachers in affiliated universities/colleges depends on a number of criteria—teaching and learning activities, professional development and co-curricular activities, and the third and very large component of research and academic contributions. Everything from their weekly lecture hours, examination and moderation duty, innovative teaching, professional development activities, publishing of research papers, research guidance, and so on are taken into account to formulate marks for each activity.
Research work of every individual teacher also helps better their institute’s image, said principals. “Various central and state government bodies promote research work by giving monetary grants to those departments in higher education institutes who do well in terms of research. This helps us do better for our students as well as teachers,” said Kiran Mangaonkar, principal of G N Khalsa College, Matunga. He added that at his institute, a research committee consisting of experts and senior teachers helps organise workshops for teachers and students on a regular basis.
For teachers too, this exercise is of advantage, especially since not much help or encouragement comes from the university. “UGC demands a higher Academic Performance Indicator (API) for all teachers, and these indicators include the research papers we publish in reputed journals, how many research students we guide for PhDs, and so on. The more published research papers we have in our kitty, the better it is for us,” said Ashwini Mohile, a senior faculty at a suburban college. She added that over the past couple of years, even though the University of Mumbai has shown no encouragement, individual colleges have done a lot to help teachers.