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Govt sanctions adjunct faculty positions in 39 Central varsities

In a bid to address the issue of faculty shortages that is hitting the students hard, the Union HRD ministry has sanctioned five adjunct faculty positions each for all the 39 Central universities across the country.

The move of the HRD ministry aims to ensure that students are not affected due crunch of teachers. According to University Grants Commission (UGC), the fund granting arm of the Ministry of Human Resources, Central universities are attempting to resolve the issue of faculty shortages to streamline the courses by various methods, including the hiring of ad-hoc faculty, guest faculty, contract faculty and even re-employing  faculty.

“A total of 2,922 teaching faculties have been appointed by UGC for 39 Central varsities during the on-going academic session, which include 1,975 teachers as guest faculty,” HRD minister Smriti Irani said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.

The UGC has appointed 235 teachers as ad-hoc faculty, 576 faculties have been offered to teach at Central varsities on contractual basis while the HRD ministry has approved the re-employment of 136 teachers, the minister said.

Spelling out reasons for the faculty crunch, the HRD Minister has held expansion of capacity of existing Centrally Funded Educational Institutions (CFEIs) responsible for the staff crisis in Central varsities.

The HRD minister said: “Due to implementation of the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Act, 2006, the faculty shortage has come into notice at such a large scale,” adding that establishment of new CFEIs and their operation from temporary campuses, slow pace of development of permanent campus of the newly established CFEIs, remoteness of the new locations of some of the CFEIs, non-availability of suitable candidates, particularly at higher level and litigation in certain cases are the main reasons to be blamed for.

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