The National Education Policy 2020 seeks to transform higher education by focusing on skill- based education to meet needs of the industry and the economy. Further, the NEP also recommends integrating vocational education with general education and strengthening industry-academia collaboration in HEIs. For skilling of youth at the optimum level, learners are required to think like employers and employers are to think like learners. Towards this, the UGC has taken a new initiative to bring the industry and other professional expertise into the academic institutions through a new category of positions called “Professor of Practice”. This will help to take real world practices and experiences into the class rooms and also augment the faculty resources in higher education institutions. In turn, the industry and society will benefit from trained graduates equipped with the relevant skills.Read More Guildelines
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the objective behind introducing professor of practice in Indian universities? What will it achieve?
The objective behind introducing Professor of Practice is to enhance the quality of higher education by bringing practitioners, policymakers, skilled professionals etc. in to higher education system.
What is the maximum period one can serve as Professor of Practice?
The engagement may be initially for up to one year. The maximum duration of service of Professor of Practice at a given institution should not exceed three years and is extendable by one year in exceptional cases and the total service should not exceed four years under any circumstances.
What are the essential qualifications for the appointment of PoP?
The guidelines clearly say a formal academic qualification is not considered essential for this position if they have exemplary professional practice in lieu.
What are the general conditions for appointment of PoP?
The engagement of Professor of Practice will be for a fixed term. ii. The engagement of Professor of Practice will be exclusive of the sanctioned posts of a university/college. It will not affect the number of sanctioned posts and the recruitment of regular faculty members. iii. Professor of Practice is not open for those in teaching profession- serving or retired.
How Professors of Practice can be engaged?
Professor of Practice can be engaged in any of the following ways
A. funded by Industries
B. Professor of Practice funded by HEIs from their own resources
C. Professor of Practice on Honorary basis
What is the remuneration for Professor of Practice?
Both for part-time/Full-time engagement, consolidated amount will be paid as mutually agreed between the institution and expert.