The Rajya Sabha was informed on Thursday, November 17, that there are more than 900 permanent teaching posts that are lying vacant in the University of Delhi. This has been a shocking discovery as DU is ranked among the top universities in Asia and is the most sought after universities in India.
In the defense of the university, Mahendra Nath Pandey, Minister of State for Human Resource Development told the Rajya Sabha that DU has recruited numerous ad-hoc and guest faculties so that the curriculum is not affected and students are provided with provided proper education.
He also informed that according to the reports, 911 permanent teaching posts remained vacant in the University of Delhi – recorded on October 1, 2016.
Emphasizing on the fact that the Delhi University is an autonomous body created under the Act of Parliament, Pandey said that it is the university’s responsibility to recruit teachers and filling up vacancies. He also added that the occurring of vacancies and filling them up is an on-going process that the university is capable of managing. However, the university and its recruiting procedures are being monitored and guided by the UGC, Pandey added.
Pandey also informed that the issue was also brought in front of Minister of Human Resource Development and was further discussed with the Vice-Chancellors of Central Universities on October 6, 2016, at Varanasi. The Vice-Chancellors have been directed to fill up the vacant posts as soon as possible.