The Parliament of India has expressed its disappointment over the shortage of faculty in Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). Therefore, the Parliament directed the government to take immediate steps to fill the vacancies in these premier institutes and make the teaching profession more attractive.
A Parliamentary Standing Committee which consists of 31 members, headed by Satyanarayana Jatiya, Member of Parliament (MP), BJP directed the Department of Higher Education to begin the process of filling the vacancies as early as possible.
The committee had expressed its anguish over the fact that from central varsities to private ones, newly established institutes by both Central and State governments, IIMs and IITs were functioning with a prominent number of vacancies yet to be filled. The committee indicated that shortage of faculty in premier institutes will affect the quality of education. Availability of qualified faculty in higher learning institutes is a pre-requisite for ensuring quality education.
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The committee, in addition, observed that there exists a faculty shortage in IITs, IIMs and central varsities since a long time and the government has not taken any steps to fill up the vacancies to a great disappointment.
The committee additionally pointed two reasons for the shortage of faculty. One is the fact that the upcoming talent might not be interested in the teaching profession, or they are fed up with the prolonged recruitment process which involves many procedures and formalities. Therefore, the problem can be solved only if the teaching profession is more attractive.
Finally, the committee gave directions to the government to take proactive steps in filling the vacancies.