Thursday, May 06, 2010

Faculty shortage in India: Top central universities have 34% teaching posts vacant

There is a stark difference between the hype around higher education and the real picture. The top 22 universities in India have 34% vacancy in teaching jobs. Twenty-two central universities, with 11,085 sanctioned posts, have 3,777 vacant posts, the Lok Sabha (Parliament) was informed on Wednesday, May 5, 2010. The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) told the Parliament that the situation is so bad that the new central universities have appointed temporary/guest faculty on contract to meet their immediate requirement. Sikkim University is the worst of the lot with a whopping 84% vacancy (169 vacancies out of the total posts of 201). MHRD claims that all the posts have since been advertised and 32 posts have been filled on contractual basis is hardly a consolation.

Allahabad University has 43.5% of the posts vacant, JNU has 32.5% vacancy (237 out of 728), Indira Gandhi National Open University has nearly 40% (273/692) teaching posts lying vacant. It is interesting to note that Allahabad University is just completing its first five years as a central university, but there has been hardly any change since its days as a state university.

The government has explained that though Delhi University has around 51% vacancy, out of the 1,500 sanctioned posts, 202 posts (out of 646 posts sanctioned for OBC reservation) have not been permitted to be filled. The total vacancy is of 763 posts out of which 729 have already been advertised and interviews are in the process of being scheduled, the ministry said.
Maulana Azad National Urdu University has 118 vacancies out of 248 posts. The ministry claims all the vacant posts have since been advertised. In Aligarh Muslim University, there is a vacancy of 235 posts against the sanctioned strength of 1,387. In Banaras Hindu University, the government has explained that though there are 1,842 sanctioned posts, 553 have not been allowed to be filled. It has 352 vacant posts. Hyderabad University has 184 vacancies out of 541 sanctioned posts. In its reply, the ministry also highlighted steps it has taken to make teaching attractive. These steps include 50% enhancement in junior and senior research fellowships.

Source: The Times of India, May 6, 2010

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