There are 5,606 posts of faculty members reportedly lying vacant in central universities across the country. The number of such vacancies in the prestigious institutions like IITs is 2,806. There are 1,870 vacant positions in National Institutes of Technology and Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, while Indian Institutes of Management have is 258 such vacant posts.
“Occurring of vacancies and filling these up are continuous process. The vacancies keep on arising due to retirement, resignation and additional requirements on account of enhanced students’ strength,” PTI reported citing a senior HRD Ministry official.
The official said that these institutions have been adopting measures to address the faculty shortage so that studies are not affected. The initiatives include engaging research scholars, contract, re-employed, adjunct and visiting faculty. To attract faculty, these institutions also publish a year round rolling advertisement, according to the official.
There are also 324 posts lying vacant in Indian Institutes of Information technology (IIITs), 100 in Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs), 96 in School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) and 88 in Indian Institutes of Science (IISc), Bengaluru.
To support the social science research in the higher education institutions and to enable research to guide policy making, the Narendra Modi government has sanctioned scheme IMPRESS (Impactful Policy Research in Social Science) at a total cost of Rs.414 cr for the implementation up to 31 March, 2021.
The government has in the recent years taken various initiatives in the field of education. These include formation of National Testing agency (NTA), creation of various digital platforms for teachers, students and researchers.