Research no longer mandatory for promotion of college professors, new guideline soon : HRD Minister

New Delhi:  Union Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD), Mr Prakash Javadekar,  said yesterday (29 July 2017) that research would no longer become mandatory for promotion of college professors. However, research will continue to be mandatory for promotion of university teachers.

However, college lectures still will have to mandatorily do a student and a community activity for a promotion, added the Minister. He said teachers intent on research could pursue it, which will be optional.


“The government will make official announcement in this regard soon. Instead of mandatory research, teachers in colleges for under graduate courses should be engaged in student and community activities,” he added.

While addressing National Conference on Higher Education Perspectives in India, jointly organized by Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, Delhi and Akhil Bhartiya Rashtriya Shikshak Mahasangh, in Delhi on 29 July 2017, HRD Minister Mr Prakash Javadekar commented on the above developments.

The Central government is working on a plan to do away with the mandatory research, and the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry is accordingly working on these changes in the Academic Performance Index (API) to make it optional.

He also highlighted on creating smart campuses with an emphasis on energy conservation and cleanliness. The minister also assured teachers that the Seventh Pay Commission will be implemented soon for college and university teachers.

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