Higher Education – RUSA, NIRF, HEFA, etc.

‘Professors of Practice’ for all colleges, universities


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Professors of Practice

Mains level : Not Much

University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued new guidelines under which higher education institutes can create a new teaching position called Professor of Practice to hire experts from various sectors, in line with provisions that already exist in the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

Professors of Practice

  • If one is a distinguished professional in any field but do not have a formal academic qualification such as a PhD, he/she can still be eligible for appointment as faculty in any college or university in India.
  • To be eligible for appointment, an individual will have to be a “distinguished expert” who has made remarkable contributions in their professions.
  • The post is open to the institutions themselves to decide the sector from which they want to rope in professionals.

Streams opened for this post

  • A professor of practice can be anyone with a background in a diverse range of areas from technology, science, social sciences, media, literature, armed forces, law, fine arts, etc.
  • However, the position is not open for those in the teaching profession — either serving or retired.

Minimum qualifications

  • No formal academic qualification is necessary in order to be considered for this position if a person has been an “exemplary” professional in their field of work.
  • Currently, under the UGC’s minimum qualifications needs a PhD to be recruited as a professor or associate professor, and also needs to have cleared the National Eligibility Test (NET).

Will the professor of practice be a full-time position?

  • It can be either a full-time or a part-time engagement for at least four years.
  • Initially, the hiring will be for one year.
  • Based on performance, extensions may be given.

How will these appointments be made?

  • Universities and colleges will carry out appointments on a nomination basis.
  • In other words, vice-chancellors or directors have been authorized to invite nominations for filling up posts, which cannot exceed 10 percent of the sanctioned faculty strength of an institute.
  • After nominations are invited, those interested can send their applications with detailed biodata and a brief write-up about the ways they can potentially contribute.
  • The applications will be considered by a selection committee comprising two senior professors from the respective institute, and one “eminent external member”.
  • Based on the recommendations of the committee, the academic council and the executive council of the institutes will take the final call on appointment.

What about remuneration?

  • The remuneration will be decided at the level of the institutes and the experts being hired.
  • In some cases, universities can even approach industries for financial support.

Why such move?

  • India’s higher education institutes are understaffed, with thousands of vacancies across central and state universities.
  • So the UGC is hoping that recruiting industry experts and professionals will help “augment faculty resources” in universities and colleges.
  • The move is aimed at addressing concerns about the quality of graduates being produced by Indian colleges and universities.
  • Around the world, the idea of a professor of practice aims essentially to facilitate and promote the integration of academic scholarship with practical expertise and experience.


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Alice Wonderson
8 months ago

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