Abstract of UGC Guidelines for OPs/RCs


For Orientation Programme - Every new faculty member in higher education will be required to undergo a four week Orientation / First level Programme which will be focused on some broad area of knowledge spanning a few allied disciplines. The objective of the orientation programme is to make teachers an agent of socioeconomic change and put them in centre stage of national development. The programme shall have the following components:

·10% weight for topics in higher education such as issues of ethics, gender, marginalized communities, plagiarism etc.

·10% weight for issues related to environment.

·10% weight for issues concerning service matters of teachers.

·20% for broad cross discipline topics to motivate the trainees for development of interdisciplinary  understanding and interest including basic legal awareness.

·10% weight for Research Methodology.

·15% weight for Communication Skills and Information Technology.

·10% weight for Microteaching

·The remaining 15% of content of the First Level Programme will be focused on broad understanding of various subjects with recent global trends and developments.


For Refresher Course: These will be mainly focused for those faculty members who have already under

gone through the Orientation/First Level Programme in an indentified broad area. The programme will be discipline specific with advanced developments in an identified subject under the concerned broad area. In addition, there will be RefresherProgrammes, geared towards emerging cross discipline advanced studies to enable the participants of relevant disciplines to work together or contemporary application of

new knowledge for industrial and social development and 13 other allied aspects. The goal would be to equip and motivate the participants with advanced knowledge to accept challengesof quality teaching and research.

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 par

ticipant 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 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 - 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 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.

Evaluation of Participants:
Experts, preferably external, will assess the participants on the basis of multiple choice objective tests and give grades to participants, taking also into account the other evaluations. The grading should be as follows:

1.  A 75% and above

2.  B 60% to less than 75%

3.  C 50% to less than 60%

4.  D below 50%

Those teacher participants who get Grade D are required to repeat the programme after a gap of one year without financial commitment to UGC-HRDC.

Minimum Number of Participants:
The minimum number of participants in RCs should be 30 and in OPs 30, failing which the course may be called off and HRDC will not bear the expenses incurred on TA and DA.

Registration Fee:
Participants have to pay an Registration fee (non-refundable) of Rs1000/- and Application Form Fee Rs. 200/- (Total Rs. 1200/-) through an account payee bank draft in favour of "UGC-HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT CENTRE,GAUHATI UNIVERSITY" payable at the State Bank of India, GUWAHATI UNIVERSITY, Code 2060.

Release Order:
Selected participants must obtain their release order from their college/university before joining the programme/course.