UGC's Academic Staff College Programme
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Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University Amravati


The National Policy on Education (NPE) 1986 in its programme of action makes a pointed reference to the crucial link between teacher motivation and the quality of education.

The NPE recognised the need for improving the status of the teacher and proposed to provide opportunities for professional and career development so that teachers may fulfil their role and responsibility within the system of higher education. It was proposed to enhance their motivation skills and knowledge through systematic orientation in specific subjects, techniques and methodologies, and thereby inculcate in them the right kind of values that would in turn encourage them to take initiatives for innovative and creative work.

Keeping the above objectives in view, the following steps were proposed:

  1. to organise specially designed orientation programmes in pedagogy, educational psychology and philosophy, and socio-economic and political concerns for all new entrants at the level of lecturers;

  2. to organise such programmes (orientation/refresher courses) for serving teachers, covering every teacher at least once in three to five years;

  3. to organise specially designed orientation programmes/refresher courses in IT for new entrants as well as for in-service teachers; and

  4. to encourage teachers to participate in seminars, symposia, workshops, etc.


The objectives of the Academic Staff College (ASC) are to enable (newly appointed) lecturers to:

  1. understand the significance of education in general, and higher education in particular, in the global and Indian contexts;

  2. understand the linkages between education and economic and socio-economic and cultural development, with particular reference to the Indian polity where democracy, secularism and social equity are the basic tenets of society

  3. acquire and improve basic skills of teaching at the college/university level to achieve goals of higher education;

  4. keep abreast of the latest developments in their specific subjects;

  5. understand the organisation and management of a college/university and to perceive the role of teachers in the total system;

  6. utilise opportunities for development of personality, initiative and creativity; and

  7. promote computer literacy as well as Internet knowledge.

The objective of this scheme is to provide an opportunity to research scholars to undertake advanced study and research in engineering and technology, and agricultural engineering, leading to Ph.D. Subjects like geology and geo-physics are not considered under this scheme.

Eligibility, Target Group and Duration

Name Lecturers working in universities and colleges that are included under Section 2(f) of the UGC Act, even though they may not yet be fit under Section 12 (B), may be invited to participate in the orientation and refresher courses. The teachers of colleges that do not yet come within the purview of Section 2(f), but have been affiliated to a university for at least five years, will be permitted to participate in the courses.

For orientation programmes, newly appointed lecturers up to six years of continuous service and all those teachers who require orientation for getting a higher grade will be allowed. Attendance should be a condition for confirmation and the same course will be counted for promotion to a senior scale.

For the refresher course, participation in the orientation programme is a prerequisite for admission. The teacher may opt for a refresher course after a one-year gap following an orientation course. Also, there should be a minimum gap of one year between two refresher courses, though it may be relaxed if an adequate number of participants is not available or it is essential for the teacher to fulfil eligibility conditions for career advancement.

The eligibility for attending refresher course for teachers who have not attended earlier orientation course has been reduced to two years from five. For orientation programme in IT, newly appointed teachers with up to six years of service and all those teachers who require orientation programme/refresher course for getting higher grade under career advancement scheme, irrespective of their subject/discipline, are allowed.

The orientation programme will be of four weeks duration, with minimum of 24 working days and 144 contact hours (six hours a day). The refresher course will be of three weeks duration, with minimum of 18 working days and 108 contact hours (six hours a day) excluding Sundays. The first three weeks in the orientation programme will be devoted to IT. The fourth week will be for general orientation for newly appointed lecturers.

However, the duration of the course for in-service teachers attending the programme for acquiring higher grade under the career advancement scheme will be three weeks only, that is, 18 working days and 108 contact hours. Teachers who have already the attended orientation/refresher course may be encouraged to attend the orientation programme in IT. Ad hoc/temporary teachers who have been working for at least one year as lecturers may be permitted to participate in the orientation programme.

However, part-time teachers are not eligible. Universities and colleges will allow interested teachers to attend UGC-ASC/RCC courses based on their eligibility. Otherwise valid reasons will have to be intimated to the teacher concerned, as the courses organised for their teachers will ultimately benefit the university and college. Temporary arrangement in place of teacher deputed for such courses may be made by internal adjustment if required. However, it may not be possible for the Commission to provide any additional grant to pay either honorarium or salary of the substitute, if appointed.

Permission to Attend Refresher Courses During the Period of the Teacher's Fellowship

Teachers' fellowships as well as refresher courses/orientation courses are meant for professional development. A teacher interested in attending refresher courses (as per the requirements of career advancement) during the period of fellowship should not be denied the opportunity as it supplements his/her professional development. Therefore, the UGC has decided to permit the teacher fellow to attend a refresher course provided:

  1. He/she surrenders living expenses for the period he/she is attending the refresher course, and agrees to submit to the ASC/RCC an undertaking to this effect through the concerned research centre before joining the course.

  2. The refresher course is attended in the subject that is relevant to his/her research.

  3. No extension in the teacher fellowship is sought on these grounds.

Registration Fee

Every participant shall pay an admission fee (non-refundable) of Rs. 500/- at the time of admission to the course. The amount so generated will form a part of the grant towards participant cost.

Evaluation of Participants

When possible, in the concluding week of the programme experts, preferably external, may be asked to assess the participants on the basis of multiple-choice objective tests, and give grades to participants, taking also into account other evaluations already done. The grading should be as follows:

    1. A: 75 per cent and above

    2. B: 60 per cent to less than 75per cent

    3. C: 50 per cent to less than 60 per cent

    4. F: Below 50 per cent Those teacher participants who get F grades are required to repeat the programme after a gap of one year without financial commitment to UGC-ASC. The total marks are to be fixed at 100 and the same be decided in the following manner:

    1. Overall response 20

    2. Seminars 20

    3. Project/survey/others 20

    4. Micro-teaching/participation 20

    5. Multiple-choice objective tests 20 The above distribution may be adjusted to meet specific requirements. The grades should be indicated on the certificate to be given to the teacher participant at the end of the programme.


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