Published On: Sat, Feb 25th, 2012

HA Ranganath: Shortage of 4 Lakh Faculty in India

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H A Rangnath

H A Rangnath, Director, NAAC

According to HA Ranganath, director, National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), India has a dearth of about 4 lakh faculty members. Ranganath was speaking at the National Policy Dialogue 2012, that had been jointly organised by the Planning Commission and the British Council.

Ranganath further added that there was a need to build a mechanism in which there is a continuous availability of faculties across the country.

“When it comes to the quality of faculty, we are way behind. There is a need to introduce performance based pay, promotion and tenure for faculties. There is a need to introduce scholarly activities by faculties beyond curriculum. A lot of research is being done in the country and many new institutions are being set up. But when it comes to getting a respectable place in global ranking, we are way behind,” he said.

The discussions revolved around the need for policy discussions on upgrading the assessment of institutions across the country. Pawan Agarwal pointed out that the problem in our country is not that of finding solutions but the fact that the solutions do not get reflected in the policy documents at the appropriate time.

NAAC, which is an autonomous body established by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India to assess and accredit institutions of higher education will also be coming out with a new manual of methodology of accreditation of institutes on April 1.

(source: Express India)