Rules and Regulations Governing various courses conducted by the UGC-HRDC, University of Kashmir
Eligibility, Target Group and Duration:
Teachers working in universities and colleges that are included under Section 2(f) of the UGC Act, even though they may not yet be fit to be included under Section 12 (B), may be invited to participate in the Orientation Programmes and Refresher Programmes. The teachers of colleges that do not yet come within the purview of Section 12(B), but have been affiliated to a university for at least two years, will be permitted to participate in the programmes/courses. However, they won’t be paid TA/DA and other allowances for attending these courses. For the Orientation Programmes, newly appointed Assistant Professors within two years of continuous service and all those teachers who require orientation for getting a higher grade will be allowed. Attendance in Orientation programmes would be must for placement in the higher grade pay. For the Refresher Courses, participation in the Orientation Programme is a prerequisite for admission. However, in exceptional cases a teacher may be allowed to complete a Refresher Course prior to completion of an Orientation Programme. Also, there should be a minimum gap of one year between two courses, though it may be relaxed if adequate number of participants is not available or it is essential for the teacher to fulfill eligibility conditions for career advancement.
The Orientation Programme will be of four weeks duration, with minimum of 24 working days (excluding Sundays) and 144 contact hours (six hours a day). The refresher course will be of three weeks duration, with minimum of 18 working days (excluding Sundays) and 108 contact hours (six hours a day). If a participant fails to complete the requisite contact hours in a programme, he may be permitted to make up for the backlog hours at his/her own cost in another programme by the RCCB and HRDCs concerned. Part time/ Ad hoc/temporary/contract teachers who have been teaching for at least three academic sessions in an institution which has been affiliated to a University for at least two years may be permitted to participate in the Orientation Programme/ Refresher Course to enhance their skills. Universities and colleges must allow interested teachers to attend UGC -RCCB and HRDCs programmes based on their eligibility otherwise valid reasons will have to be intimated to the teacher concerned in writing.
Permission to attend Refresher Courses during the period of the Teacher's Fellowship:
Teachers' fellowships as well as Refresher Courses/Orientation Programmes are meant for professional development. A teacher interested in attending Refresher Courses (as per the requirements of career advancement) during the period of fellowship should not be denied the opportunity as it supplements his/her professional development. Therefore, the UGC has decided to permit the teacher fellows to attend a Refresher Course provided:
i. He/she surrenders living expenses for the period he/she is attending the Refresher Course, and agrees to submit to the RCCB and HRDCs an undertaking to this effect through the concerned research centre before joining the course.
ii. He/she attends the Refresher Course in the subject that is relevant to his/her research.
iii. No extension in the teacher fellowship is sought on these grounds.
The following items are covered under participant cost:
i. TA/DA to outstation participants and hospitality to local participants
ii. TA/DA and honorarium to resource persons
iii. Reading material
iv. Additional working expenses
v. Honorarium to course coordinator.
Local participants : Rs. 300/- per working day per participant will be paid to the RCCB and HRDCs for providing hospitality. In case a local participant does not avail the facility of hospitality by the RCCB and HRDCs, he/she will be paid Rs. 300/- per working day.
TA/DA/incidental charges to Outstation participants:
Teacher participants may be paid upto a limit of A/C III railway fare (all trains) or A/C deluxe bus fare on production of tickets. Outstation participants may be provided free boarding and lodging by the University. To cover the cost of their boarding/ lodging, the Commission will pay the University on reimbursement basis Rs. 500/- per day for outstation participant for ‘A’ class cities, Rs. 400/- per day for other places. In case only free lodging is provided, DA will be allowed at 75 percent of the ordinary rate of daily allowance. The allowance will be used purely for the purpose of giving boarding/lodging to the participants. In case the outstation participant does not avail the facility for boarding/lodging, he/she will be paid Rs.300/- per day.
Up to Rs.500/- per participant in the form of books/compilations in the form of printed published work or in electronic format.