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One-third teaching posts lying vacant in Central varsities

Despite several measures to attract faculty from home and abroad, the shortage of teachers in Central Universities is likely  to water down Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream to create a pool of quality talent within the country. This came to light after Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani submitted the latest report on staff shortage in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

According to the report, there is nearly a 36 per cent vacancy in teaching positions at 41 Central Universities, while there is a shortage of 24 per cent schoolteachers in 1,099 Kendriya Vidyalayas and 595 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas were running short of 2,551 teaching staff.

There are only 5,928 teaching staff out of 16,600 sanctioned posts in 41 Central varsities, which has to have 2,371 professors, 4,708 associate professors and 9,521 assistant professors. In Delhi University, there is a shortage of 874 teachers out of total strength of 1,706, while Jamia Milia Islamia is running short of 160 teachers out of 829, while Jawaharlal Nehru University has a shortage of 295 teachers out of 900 sanctioned posts.

In West Bengal Visva Bharati university is running short of 117 teachers out of total 650.

The situation is similar in case of primary education teachers, as out of 45,057 sanctioned posts of teachers for 1099 Kendriya Vidyalayas, 10,644 posts are lying vacant for several months. The worst hit is Maharashtra, where there are only 513 teachers out of total 2,607 sanctioned.
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