University vacancies a problem, agrees govt

Prakash Javadekar told the Lok Sabha Monday that about 20 per cent posts in central universities were vacant

Written by Pradeep Kaushal | New Delhi | Published: March 21, 2017 4:13 am
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While conceding that vacancies of teachers in higher educational institutions had become a serious problem, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar told the Lok Sabha Monday that about 20 per cent posts in central universities were vacant. Javadekar, who was replying to questions from Badaruddoza Khan (CPM), KC Venugopal (Congress) and V Elumalai (AIADMK), said: “Yes, vacancies in universities are a serious issue and there are many reasons for it. But let me tell you that in the central universities, which are 41 in number, there are 20 per cent vacancies.”

The minister said: “… As I said, we are making it a dynamic platform where all vacancies will be exhibited on our website. However, there are locational problems; there are subject-knowledge problems; and there is the issue of attitude.” Javadekar told members that whenever he visited any university, he always asked students: “Who wants to be a teacher? Who wants to be a professor?”

“If nobody wants to be a professor, then there will be no teachers,” he said. “We are doing everything to fill up the vacancies… I am very sure that I can report to you about the progress in days to come.” Describing steps taken to address the situation, Javadekar said, “Firstly, the age of superannuation has been increased to 65… Secondly, retired teachers who are experienced — now, there is a good health indicator all over — can be re-employed on contract-basis up to the age of 70.”

He said, “There is a legacy issue where posts were sanctioned. But let me tell you, more teachers at some places is a good thing. There are specific courses where there are less number of students and so, we have that ratio. Otherwise, generally, in all central universities, in science, arts, commerce and master’s degrees and PHDs, we have the teacher-student ratio as prescribed and as is accepted world over.”

Congress whip Venugopal said the vacancies in Delhi University were 62.19 per cent and not 18, as claimed by the minister. He said vacancies were 30.78 per cent in JNU, 62 per cent in Tamil Nadu University and 68 per cent in Karnataka. BJD group leader Bhartruhari Mahtab interjected to say that “in Odisha University, it is 90 per cent”.

Dissatisfied with Javadekar’s response, Venugopal and party colleague Jyotiraditya Scindia insisted that he list the “concrete steps” taken by him to reduce the number of vacancies”. However, the Speaker disallowed them from cross-questioning the minister.

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  1. I
    Mar 21, 2017 at 3:02 am
    There are people both in India or abroad who are willing to take up teaching positions. They are well qualified, have the right atude and apude but do not even get shortlisted. The coteries in all the insutions are far too entrenched and then there are "backlogs" that wait to be cleared. So it is very difficult for general caste candidates.
    1. R
      Mar 21, 2017 at 5:38 am
      Indian universities require total revamp. Why crying for vacancies? Why not you just first take a look of productivity of those where seats are full and still poor grade students are churning out. I know several central universities specially the newer ones where the university knowingly gives very high marks to even those candidates who should be failed just to save their face. These students don't qualify any interview nor they are useful to do anything. Must bring central entrance test exams for all university admissions. Take only who qualify it. Also grill the university and faculties for the placements of their students. All these new central university are not even fit for training a chaprasi, where clerks and amdinistrative staffs are ruling and substandard people have been appointed as faculties, and on jugarbaazi admission are being done. Just see the condition of Central University of Punjab, Himachal, Chattisgarh or Bihar. The students coming out from these universities don't get selected for even a peon's job..they are so big disgrace. Ensure quality on priority than anything. There is a total loss of academic character in these universities. Tackle it first.