Indian universities’ teaching positions are lying vacant from a long period of time and the worst situation has been analysed in technical institutes. The reason being; shortage of quality manpower, apathy among recruiting agencies and adulteration of recruitment rules.
1 in 3 positions are vacant in the technical institutes, according to the reports of Business Line. The condition in Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is no different either. According to the Agricultural Research Service Scientists’ Forum (ARSS), the unfilled administrative and technical positions in these institutes range between 25 and 30 percent.
IIT-Kanpur professor on elaborating the conditions said, “There are around 430 faculty members in the institute against the sanctioned strength of 700.” He said, “The fault lies not with the MHRD but with us. We were sleeping on it.”
The situation of the institutes came into highlight when an RTI activist from Madhya Pradesh, Chandrasekhar Gaud filed an RTI seeking the reply from the government. In response government said, “There are a little 4,000 teachers against the sanctioned posts of 6,318 in the eight old IITs. The shortfall is more acute in the newer IITs among total of 23 IITs in the country.”
The situation in the coming years will only worsen as the government has sanctioned the admission of 25% more students so as to provide 10% reservation to the EWS (Economically Weaker Sections) students under the 10% Quota Bill.