Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has asked the University Grants Commission (UGC) not to change the stipulated teaching hours of teachers of colleges and universities, after a UGC notification increased the weekly workload.
These changes are made by the HRDM to appease the teachers, as all Delhi University teachers were on strike against the new UGC regulations.
The workload, including practicals, of Assistant Professors was increased from 16 to 18 hours and that of Associate Professors from 14 to 16 hours in a week. Two hours of practical equal one hour of teaching.
According to the teachers, these changes would lead to many ad hoc teachers losing their jobs. There was opposition to the plan in Maharashtra.
The reforms were based on the Nigavekar Committee’s recommendations.