UGC Asks Colleges, Universities To Make Changes In Ordinances, Statutes To Hire Professors Of Practice

UGC Issues Guidelines For Varsities To Share Resources

University Grants Commission, UGC has asked all colleges and universities to work towards making changes in ordinances and statutes. Indian varsities have been asked to do this in order to work towards hiring more Professors of Practice.

As per an official notice released by UGC, dates November 14, 2022, “Vice-Chancellors of Universities and Principals of Colleges are requested to initiate steps to make necessary changes in their statutes/ordinances/rules/regulations to enable the Engagement of Professor of Practice.

The notice further stated that the Professor of Practice has been engaged based on a recommendation of the National Education Policy, NEP 2020. Based on this, higher education institutions would work towards hiring professional experts.

University Grants Commission had notified universities and colleges regarding the hiring of distinguished experts who meet the academic qualification and publication requirements under the guidelines issued by UGC for Professors of Practice.

Professor of Practice is a common practice outside India in various HEIs/ Under this, non-tenured experts are hired to teach in universities. In India, PoPs have been appointed at IIT Delhi, IIT Madras, and IIT Guwahati.

Under the Professor of Practice scheme, faculty members would be engaged in three categories – PoP funded by industries, PoP engaged by HEIs from their own resources, and PoP hired on an honorary basis.

As per the guidelines released by UGC, candidates who have made remarkable contributions in various fields such as engineering, science, technology, entrepreneurship, commerce, social sciences, media, literature, fine arts, civil services, armed forces, the legal profession, and public administration among others are eligible to be hired under the Professor of Practice scheme.

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