Code bars Teachers from taking Tuition
- Respect the right and dignity of students in expressing their opinions.
- Recognise the difference in aptitude and capabilities among students and strive to meet their individual needs.
- Encourage students to improve their attainments, develop personalities, and at the same time contribute to community welfare.
- Inculcate scientific outlook among students and respect for physical labour and ideals of democracy, patriotism and peace.
- Pay attention to only the attainment of the students in the assessment of merit.
- Be available to students even beyond class hours and help and guide them without any remuneration or reward.
- Aid students todevelop an understanding of national heritage and goals.
- Refrain from inciting students against other students, collegues or administration.
University and college teachers will now have to adhere to a code of professional ethics that prescribes a series of do’s and don’ts.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) in its “Minimum qualification for appointment of teachers and other academic staff in universities and colleges, and maintenance of standard of higher education regulations – 2010” issued on 30th June, 2010 has linked the code with performance of teachers.
The 38-point code relates to the relationship of teachers with colleagues, students, authorities, non-teaching staff, guardians, and society.
Bangalore University Registrar R.M. Ranganath said that the code, though formulated many years ago, was not comprehensive and mandatory earlier.
With the inclusion of the code in the UGC regulations, universities and affiliated colleges now need to adhere to it failing which the UGC can take action against them.
The code, dealing with primary responsibilities of teachers, states that they should manage their private affairs in a manner consistent with the dignity of the profession; adhere to a responsible pattern of conduct and demeanour expected of them by the community; seek to make professional growth continuous through study and research besides elaborating on curriculum and extra-curricular activities.
On teacher-student relationship, the code directs the teachers to be affectionate and not behave in a vindictive manner towards any student for any reason; deal justly with students regardless of their religion, caste, political, economic, social and physical characteristics; inculcate scientific temperament; and, make themselves available to students beyond class hours.
The code directs teachers to maintain contact with guardians, their wards, send reports of their performance to the guardians, whenever necessary, and meet the guardians in meetings convened for the purpose of mutual exchange of ideas and for the benefit of the institutions.
The teachers need to treat non-teaching staff as colleagues and equal partners in a cooperative undertaking.
They should refrain from lodging unsubstantiated allegations against colleagues to higher authorities besides refraining from allowing considerations of caste, creed, religion, race or sex in their professional behaviour.
The code states that the teachers should refrain from undertaking any other employment and commitment, including private tuitions and coaching classes, which are likely to interfere with their professional responsibilities.
Elaborating on teachers’ obligation towards society, the code directs that the teachers should refrain from taking part in or subscribing to or assisting in any way activities which tend to promote feeling of hatred or enmity among different communities, religions or linguistic groups.