More than 53% of all teaching faculty members in colleges affiliated to Thiruvalluvar University in Vellore district do not have even the minimum academic qualification required to be an assistant professor finds University Grant Commission.
Thiruvalluvar University in Vellore has 112 affiliated and approved colleges, six constituent colleges and seven PG and research departments,
“Out of 4,240 teaching staff, 2,270 had not even applied for approval of their appointments by the university, confirming the University Grants Commission's worst fear that a large number of teaching faculty members at college-level are under-qualified, said an official of UGC.
Following the Madras high court’s ordered to probe into the allegations levelled by retired professor I Elangovan in a PIL the whole episode came to light.
As per UGC Regulations, 2010 an assistant professor (formerly lecturer) shall have at least 55% per cent in postgraduate courses and must possess NET/SLET pass certificate or a PhD from a recognized university,
The PIL applicant said that only about 25% of the 5,000 teaching staff coming under Thiruvalluvar University were qualified to become assistant professors.