Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: Conducting research is not going to decide promotions of college teachers any more. Rather they need to be engaged more in community activities with students to be eligible for promotions.

Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar made this announcement, on Saturday, at a two-day national conference on higher education perspective in India.

"We are going to do away with the mandatory clause of research for college teachers to get their promotions. An official announcement in this regard will follow soon. Instead of that, I want teachers to be engaged in student activity. We will make one community activity or student activity mandatory and teachers will be given their scores on basis of that," said the minister.

The HRD Ministry is working on a plan to make research optional for college teachers, sources said.

Currently college teachers are also required to do research activity to get their promotions, just like university professors. But we must understand that both of them belong to completely different category of teachers

- HRD Minister

“A college teacher should be mainly engaged in teaching. When we made research compulsory, research stopped completely. Conducting research just for the sake (of it) is taking down the quality of research," Javadekar added.

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