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Sibal inaugurates web-portal for faculty recharge programme

June 9, 2011 - New Delhi

Union Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal on Thursday inaugurated a dynamic interactive web-portal dedicated to the 'Faculty Recharge Programme'.

The web portal has been so designed that all operations in the process of faculty selection shall be conducted online beginning with receipt of application to the stage of short listing of candidates.

Final selection will be done through personal interview of scholars living in India while applicants from overseas could be interviewed through video conferencing.

The 'Faculty Recharge Programme' scheme was launched on the recommendations of an Empowered Committee set up by MHRD/UGC under the Chairmanship of Prof. M.M. Sharma, Former Director, ICT, Mumbai.

The objective of this scheme is to strengthen high quality research in science related disciplines at internationally competitive levels and promote innovative teaching in the universities through induction of fresh talent at all levels of academic hierarchy in selected departments/centres.

Under faculty recharge programme, scholars will have to undergo various selection rounds so that the best candidates with exceptional creativity, zeal and commitment to research and teaching are appointed.

Through this programme, universities would be able to upgrade and reinvigorate faculty resources in their science related departments.

The scheme will be open to Indian nationals living in India and abroad irrespective of whether or not they are already in service. Initially the tenure of appointment will be five years at the end of which it could be terminated, extended or elevated to the next higher level following a peer group review.

Even though subsequent evaluations will also be of five years cycle, faculty recharge positions can, in principle, be carried through to superannuation. Each candidate will be required to submit a research project which would be appropriately funded along with a start up grant for setting up basic laboratory facilities, if selected under the programme.


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