Armies of part-time, under-qualified and poorly-paid faculty members are maintained by public and private institutions to get by, unmindful of the fact that education takes a big hit.
It has been labeled “anti-vernacular” because it excludes reputed journals in regional languages. It also ignores some well-established Indian journals in favour of Western ones.
If the UGC was truly serious about a transparent vetting process, its first step should be to make the list of journals available in a more accessible format.
In a system that awards specific points to some research activities, it is not the value of that research activity that is awarded points but the value addition to the discourse that makes it worthy of recognition.
The flexible research component will likely be abused by faculty. There is also no mention of what the UGC plans to do about publications in fake journals or plagiarism.
The Academic Performance Indicators may have had a negative impact on undergraduate teaching by forcing teachers into doing things that could pass off as research