Odisha government extends working hours of professors to seven
Monday, July 1, 2019
Times News Network
The Odisha government has extended the working hours for professors of the government colleges to seven hours. Till now, professors had to stay in the college for five hours. The decision was taken at a meeting that recently happened in Bhubaneswar between government college principals and officials of the Higher Education Department. State higher education minister Arun Kumar Sahoo made the announcement before 52 government colleges that attended the meeting.
According to the University Grants Commission (UGC), full-time professors must spend at least 40 hours a week for 30 working weeks in an academic year. The regulating body had also mandated for a professor to be available in the university or college for at least five hours daily.
The professors will allocate five hours to teaching and two hours to research, career counselling, thematic programmes, and other activities of the college, said Partha Sarathi Mishra, additional secretary, adding that the government will soon release a notification in this regard.
Sahoo said that the state government will install biometric system in all the government degree colleges to keep a track of the number of hours being contributed by each professor. Till now, 16 colleges have installed this system in their campus.
Maintaining discipline and peace in the campus is necessary, and students, professors and staff must help in this initiative, added Sahoo.