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The University Grants Commission’s directive to college and university lecturers to spend a minimum of 22 hours a week in direct teaching is the product of budgetary cutbacks rather than pedagogic wisdom. It may seem odd, at first blush, that teachers should protest about teaching a mere 22 hours. However, if one considers the amount of time academics require to prepare lectures of good quality as well as the time they need to spend doing research, it is clear that most conscientious teachers work more than 40 hours a week. In university systems around the world, lecturers rarely spend more than 12 to 15 hours in direct teaching activities a week. The average college lecturer in India does not have any office space. If computers are available, internet connectivity is unlikely. Libraries are poorly stocked. Now the UGC says universities must implement a complete freeze on all permanent recruitment, abolish all posts which have been vacant for more than a year, and cut staff strength by 10 per cent. And it is in order to ensure that these cutbacks do not affect the quantum of teaching that existing lecturers are being asked to work longer. Obviously, the quality of teaching and academic work in general will decline. While it is true that some college teachers do not take their classes regularly, the UGC and the Institutions concerned must find a proper way to hold them accountable. An absentee teacher will continue to play truant even if the number of hours he is required to teach goes up.
All of us are well aware of the unsound state that the Indian higher education system is in today. Thanks to years of sustained financial neglect, most Indian universities and colleges do no research worth the name. Even as the number of students entering colleges has increased dramatically, public investment in higher education has actually declined in relative terms. Between 1985 and 1997, when public expenditure on higher education as a percentage of outlays on all levels of education grew by more than 60 per cent in Malaysia and 20 per cent in Thailand. India showed a decline of more than 10 per cent. Throughout the world, the number of teachers in higher education per million populationgrew by more than 10 per cent-in the same period; in India it fell by one per cent. Instead of transferring the burden of government apathy on to the’ backs of the teachers, the UGC should insist that the needs of the country’s university system, are adequately catered for.
UGC feels that the duration of contact between teacher and the taught should be more.
UGC wants teachers to spend more time in their departments.
UGC wants teachers to devote some time to improve university administration.
UGC does not have money to appoint additional teachers.
None of these
The poor quality of teachers
Involvement of teachers in extra-curricular activities
Politics within and outside the departments
Heavy burden of teaching hours on the teachers
Not getting enough financial Assistance
(A) Most colleges do not carry out research worth the name.
(B)UGC wants lecturers to spend minimum 22 hours a week in direct teaching.
(C) Indian higher education system is in unsound state.
Only (A)and (C)
All (A) (B) and (C)
Only (C) (d)Only (B)
Only (B)and (C)
Administrative activities such as admissions
Supervising examinations and correction of answer papers
Carrying out research in the area of their interest
Maintaining research equipment and libraries
Developing liaison with the user organisations
UGC wants teachers to spend minimum 40 hours in a week in teaching
Some college teachers do not engage their classes regularly
The average college teacher in India does not have any office space
UGC wants universities to abolish all posts which have been vacant for more than a year
All are true
Increased by 60%
Increased by 20%
Decreased by 22%
Decreased by 10%
Decreased by 1%
Indian universities are financially neglected.
All over the world, the university lecturers hardly spend more than 12 to 15 hours a week in direct teaching.
Indian Universities are asked to reduce staff strength by 10%.
Public investment in higher education has increased in India.
Malaysia spends more money on education than Thailand.
Improve the quality of teaching.
Spend time on research activities.
Do not appoint any permanent teacher.
Provide computer and internet facilities.
Do not spend money on counseling services to the students.
All of these
None of these
None of these