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Prez paves way for varsity hirings, nod to Visitor’s nominee panel

The step has been initiated after universities reported non-availability of Visitor’s nominees in the selection process as major roadblock in appointment of teachers.

“Non-availability of Visitor’s nominees in the selection committee of faculty has been addressed. Each central university will now have a panel of five names of nominees who can be called as per extant instructions,” President Pranab Mukherjee said, while opening the third conference of vice chancellors of central universities at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday.

“With the constitution of Visitor’s nominee panel, the President has finalised the names of 200 members 40 central universities, who will be available to take part in appointment committee meetings, the staff shortage is likely to be resolved very soon,” an HRD official said.

Addressing VC, the President said, “The vacancy position in central universities remains alarmingly high, in terms of percentage, vacancies have increased from 37.3 per cent as on March 31, 2013 to 38.4 per cent as on December 1, 2014.” The faculty crisis in premier technical and management institutes is watering down Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dreams to produce quality technocrats.

According to the report, there are approximately 39 per cent and 22 per cent vacancy in teaching positions in 16 Indian Institutes of Technology and 13 Indian Institutes of Management respectively.

The reasons for faculty shortage are retirement, resignation, increase in students’ intake and non-availability of qualified candidates for taking up teaching assignments.

There are only 4,087 teachers against the total approved strength of 6,653 for IITs, while there are only 598 teachers against the total approved strength of 766 for IIMs. However, in the premier management institutes, the student teacher ratio is far better than IITs. There is one professor for every six students, while in IITs the ratio is 17 to one.

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