3.5.1: Policy on Consultancy
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Policy on Consultancy
The Institution has a policy on consultancy including revenue sharing between the institution and the individual/ agency
Consultancy is considered to be one type of enterprise activity and is recognized as a valuable mechanism for facilitating knowledge and technology transfer through which the organization believes it can contribute to creating economic and social impact.
The purpose of consultancy policy is to set out the principles and procedures governing consultancy services and other outside services undertaken by teaching and non-teaching staff members of the University.
Consultancy is well recognized as an effective way to disseminate knowledge, expertise of the human resources, available physical resources and make it available for an early and direct impact on society.
This Policy provides provisions for conducting consultancy to ensure that consultancies undertaken by staff are consistent with the University’s strategic and operational objectives and the costs are sustainable.
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University is committed to making its expertise available through service to various industries, academics, government, other educational institutions and research organizations.
University Research Consultancy: A Research Consultancy exists where an academic staff member provides research skills or expertise in return for remuneration from an external funder. A Research Consultancy may be the outcome of a tender or an individual negotiation.
University Non-research Consultancy: Non-research Consultancies include non-research activities performed under contract for a third party. Non-research Consultancy would include the provision of professional services to external agencies for a fee. This would include, but not be limited to, routine activities of specialization of schools or departments i.e. analysis of data such as market surveys, opinion surveys etc., the provision of professional services such as designing, development of applications, preparation of DPR for an entrepreneur by members of faculty and staff.
Private Consultancy: In Principle a faculty or staff member is not supposed to undertake a Private Consultancy unless it is approved by the Director of the School and the Registrar. However, the faculty or staff conducting private consultancy shall ensure that such work does not affect their allocated duties, obligations to the university.
None of the benefits set out for University Consultancy are available to faculty and staff undertaking a Private Consultancy.
It is the responsibility of the staff member undertaking a Private Consultancy to make clear to the person or body for which the Private Consultancy is undertaken that it is the staff member and not the University who is carrying out the work, and that the University has no responsibility or liability whatsoever in the matter. A staff member conducting a Private Consultancy must ensure that the following criteria are met:
a. The carrying out of tasks associated with the Private Consultancy will be accomplished without unduly affecting the duties of the position;
b. The use of University trademarks such as letterheads, brands etc. or University intellectual property is strictly prohibited in Private Consultancies;
c. No University facility (including library resources, power, space, equipment, consumables and telephone and or internet facilities) will be used to fulfil the requirements of the Private Consultancy
d. The Private Consultancy is not within an area in which the University might be contracting to provide a service on a commercial basis, possibly utilizing the skills of the staff member involved;
e. University is not bound by any agreement (written or otherwise) relating to the Private Consultancy;
f. The staff member agrees to indemnify the university and its representatives from and against all actions, claims, loss, damage, costs, charges, liabilities and demands arising directly or indirectly from or in respect of the Private Consultancy activity; and
g. The staff member declares any real or potential conflict of interest to their manager.
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