While the Panjab University (PU) is reeling under a shortage of faculty,the committee which was constituted to determine qualifications for the recruitment is waiting for instructions or fresh guidelines from the University Grants Commission (UGC).
The Syndicate meeting was held on March 16,after which a committee was constituted to frame guidelines for the appointments of teachers in the varsity.
Sources said that about 300 teaching posts are lying vacant in the PU and this year had witnessed an appointment of just about 40 teachers.
This matter has been raised by the departments from time to time but the varsity is proceeding slowly on it. With this shortage,not only students,but the quality of education is also suffering. Though around 40 teachers have been appointed,the same number of teachers has also got retired from the varsity.
The Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA) president Mohammad Khalid said,We are aware that a file seeking clarifications for the appointments is moving between the Ministry for Human Resource and Development and the UGC,but the varsity cannot wait endlessly.
PUTA demands that the varsity speed up the process so that posts in those departments which are facing acute shortage can be filled at the earliest. Authorities can approach the ministry or the commission to seek clarification, he added.
One of the committee members,Dr Jagwant Singh,said that the committee cannot take any decision unless and until UGC informs us about new guidelines.
In the recently held Senate meeting,even the House had asked the Vice-Chancellor,Prof Arun Grover,to fill all the vacant posts as the purpose of the varsity is not to burden the teachers.