The University Grants Commission (UGC) has released its new mentorship guidelines for both non-teaching and teaching streams. According to the UGC, defining a system of mentoring teachers is to furnish teachers with approaches and skills to progressively improvise results for students.
Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Union Education Minister had earlier announced that the UGC has decided to release guidelines along with an implementation strategy for mentorship and induction of teachers.
A committee formulated by the University Grants Commission has drafted the operational and establishment guidelines for mentorship and induction of teachers in 2021.
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As per the guidelines, a senior faculty member holding over 20+ years of UG teaching experience or research experience with 15 years of postgraduate teaching experience or research experience will be eligible to become a mentor. He/she should have conducted/attended at least five in-service faculty development programmes mainly in the domain and/or in the pedagogy area, reads the draft.
The drafts issued by UGC read, this document shall be considered as guidelines for various aspects of teaching role/job and indicates mentor-mentee way to work as a guide to strengthening teaching skills and overall quality of education in the nation.
Once the guidelines are implemented, new faculty members will withstand institutional familiarization programs. The notification reads that this programme must make them familiar with the ethos and culture of the institute, the courses and programmes, pedagogical approaches and good teaching practices, and other matters that will stimulate them in becoming a beneficial part of the HEI team. Each new faculty member may also be allotted a mentor having an exemplary track record and a long tenure in the HEI.