The Academic performance Indicators (API), initiated in the year 2010 by the UGC to keep a tab in the academic performance of the universities/institutes, has been modified by the UGC. The API had university teaching community irked across the country, since its inception. In the modification to API, caps on various sub categories of research have been removed.
For the first time, the feedback from students has been introduced. Students, who have attended at least 75% of their classes, will be able to evaluate their teachers. The modified API will be soon notified by UGC, letting all the educational institutes know about it on time. According to a source close to UGC, “The existing API despite few amendments in the past was not favorable to teachers who only do teaching and was also resulting in poor quality research and publication in all sorts of academic journals.”
The modification of the API has a category called teaching learning evaluation, under which an assistant professor will have to get 100 points annually, associate professor 90 and Professors 80. The evaluation would be done by the students on the four sub-categories under the API. Previously the number of sub-categories was five, with co-curricular activities and research evaluated together. Now, the students will be able to evaluate the two categories individually and collectively, depending on certain factors. Evaluation of the two fields would not be done annually now. To give importance to value education, new fields of co-curricular activities have also been introduced in the new API modifications such as NSS, NCC, Field trips etc.
Under the modifications the teachers can now get scored from any sub-category in the research category. Cap of minimum score from each sub-category has been removed in the new modifications. To avoid publication of research papers in shady journals the UGC is also listing out the name of peer-reviewed national and international journals where publication could take place.