In a bid to improve the standards of the higher education sector, Academic Performance Index (API) based Appraisal System has been removed, Union Minister for Human Resources Development Prakash Javadekar said on Wednesday.
The system has been replaced by a new simplified teacher evaluation grading system and research score will be added for universities to improve research outputs.
“The objective is to improve the quality of higher education. Secondly, we want good teachers to continue to be part of the profession,” Javadekar told a press conference.
He added that the incentives to teachers as provided in the earlier Regulations of 2010 and subsequent amendments have been retained. They include incentives for M Phil/PhD. According to the new Regulations, there will be a provision for promotion in colleges up to professor level for the first time.
Special provision has also been made for recruitment of assistant professors in universities and colleges from PhD degree holders from a university/institution in the top 500 global rankings. Now, one month induction programme will be mandatory for newly recruited assistant professors. From July1, 2021, PhD would be compulsory for promotion to assistant professor, as per the new regulations.
“PhD degree has been made mandatory for promotion to assistant professor (selection grade) in colleges from July 1, 2021. Similary, PhD degree will be mandatory for direct recruitment of assistant professors from July 1, 2021”, Javadekar added.