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UGC’s professors of practice portal for teachers attracts over 4k applications

Jul 02, 2023 08:46 AM IST

More than 4,300 industry experts and professionals have applied to be professors of practice, a new category of college teachers proposed by the UGC

New Delhi: More than 4,300 industry experts and professionals have applied to be professors of practice, a new category of college teachers proposed by the higher education regulator, and at least 140 higher education institutions have expressed interest in engaging these experts, a top official said on Saturday.

More than 4,300 industry experts and professionals have applied to be professors of practice, a new category of college teachers proposed by UGC. (HT Photo)
More than 4,300 industry experts and professionals have applied to be professors of practice, a new category of college teachers proposed by UGC. (HT Photo)

The portal was launched on May 16 by the University Grants Commission to bridge a gap between academia and industry by facilitating the hiring of experienced professionals in different domains. The commission in August last year introduced the professor of practice scheme for higher education institutions as a part of the National Education Policy 2020.

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The concept of professors of practice is catching up across the country, UGC chairperson M Jagadesh Kumar said. “Many universities including colleges are now appointing PoPs. This is an opportune time for experts in different sectors to mentor and train our students in HEIs. PoP can also result in great industry academia collaborations. UGC is proactively promoting the PoP concept by writing to industry bodies,” he said.

As on Saturday, 4,346 experts or professionals and 140 universities, colleges and institutions have registered at the portal. Among those who have registered for the teaching positions are experts in the field of engineering, science, technology, entrepreneurship, commerce, social sciences, media and literature.

The commission will now analyse the data to understand what other types of professionals are registering for the positions, Kumar said. “We are also checking if all those who have registered have met all the required criteria. Besides, we are also modifying the portal and adding automatic filters, including years of experience, to avoid ineligible people from registering,” he added.

Experts with proven expertise of at least 15 years will be eligible for the posts. No formal academic qualification will be taken into consideration if the candidate has exemplary professional practice.

Several institutions have also started advertising vacancies for these posts on the portal. For instance, Government Degree College in Andhra Pradesh has published a vacancy to engage the services of a professor of practice in entrepreneurship, and MVN University in Haryana has posted four vacancies, two each in the fields of public health and legal.

“The experts who have registered at the portal can now directly apply to these advertised positions,” Kumar said. “They don’t have to search for the jobs at individual portals of the universities.”

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