The University Grants Commission (UGC) is mulling over to amend its regulations in order to permit the college Principals to have tenure of 10 years, which is currently of 5 years. At present the college principals retire at the age of 65.
This proposal of extending tenure was recommended in the last meeting, by the review committee formed by UGC.
If the proposal gets green signal then all the newly appointed college principals will enjoy the 10-year fixed term in their offices.
UGC may approve to the proposal of amending its UGC regulations, 2010, the reason which led the tenure to be limited to just 5 years on appointment of college principals from the year 2010.
UGC Regulations, 2010 covers directives such as minimum qualifications for appointment of teachers, other academic staff in universities and colleges and other measures for the maintenance of standards in higher education.
A committee recommended set up by the UGC showed inclination towards the decision of increasing the tenure of college principals from five to 10 years in order to promote states and universities to recruit “young and dynamic” people to this position who deserves but are excluded unduly on the account of their age and experience, said UGC sources.
As per the current directives, the principals are appointed for five years and may be eligible to get reappointed for one more term.
The 10-year term of college principals will be applicable to those States and Universities where term of a principal is fixed. However, there are many states with no such concept so it is not mandatory to be followed by them.