Central universities have up to 5928 teaching posts vacant, says HRD Ministry.
Ask any who’s who of the country about their educational background. A majority of them would mention one of these names; IIT, IIM, IISC, NIT etc. The prestigious institutes of higher education in the country are facing a severe crunch of Faculty. The institutes of higher learning under the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) face a faculty shortage to an extent of 35% according to the latest data available with the government.
According to a written reply by HRD Minister Smriti Irani in Lok Sabha, there are 16,600 teaching positions in various central universities.As per the data provided by IraniAccording to the data provided by HRD Minister, the number of existing posts as on January 1, 2016, is 10,672 while 5,928 posts are vacant.
She said the onus of filling up the teaching posts lies with the central universities which are autonomous bodies.
In a written reply to another question, she said UGC has informed that out of 34,272 sanctioned non-teaching posts in 39 central universities, 10,015 posts were lying vacant on January 1.
There are 112 vacant posts of professors in ST category in various central universities with a maximum 31 of these being in varsities in Delhi. In addition, there are 245 posts of associate professors vacant in this category in the varsities, she said.