Central universities face vacancies that limit their ability to apply the NEP

Amid plans to implement the New Education Policy (NEP) in 46 central universities across the country, a new challenge has emerged in the form of a shortage of at least 6,481 teachers in these universities.

Delhi University is the largest university among the 46 central universities. However, a total of 859 teaching positions are vacant. In addition, 317 positions are vacant at JNU, 211 at Jamia Millia Islamia, 611 at Allahabad University and 499 at BAU.

Academicians say that the positions of professors, associate professors and assistant professors have long been vacant in central universities.

Advertisements were also repeatedly posted to fill the vacant position. However, despite the selection process by several universities such as Delhi University, the positions were not filled.

Minister of State for Education Subhash Sarkar had said in written information that 859 posts at Delhi University, 611 at Allahabad University, 499 at Banaras Hindu University, 359 at Aligarh Muslim University, 317 at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), and Dr Harisingh Gour University 230 teaching vacancies.

In addition, 230 teaching positions at Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University, 211 at Jamia Millia Islamia, 199 at Pondicherry University, 191 at Visva Bharati (West Bengal), 175 at Northeast Hill University, 153 at University of Hyderabad and 148 at IGNOU, University of Tripura.

There are 143 teaching vacancies at Central University of Orissa, 137 at Central University of Haryana, 129 at Central University of Haryana, 124 at Guru Ghasidas University, 119 at Manipur University and 100 at the University of Rajasthan.

The situation is no different in Himachal Pradesh where the Central University is located. It has 97 vacancies while Central University of Karnataka has 91, Rajiv Gandhi University (Arunachal Pradesh) 89, Central Punjab University 89, National University of Urdu Maulana Azad 86, University Central Kerala 81, 80 at Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, 80 at Nagaland University. , 78 at University of Assam and Central University of Gujarat – 68 vacancies.

There are 61 teaching vacancies at Central University of Jharkhand, 58 at Central University of South Bihar, 58 at Central University of Jammu and 58 at Mizoram University.

Amit Khare, then Secretary in the Ministry of Education, had issued a circular on August 24, 2021 to fill the teaching positions, ordering all central universities and higher education institutions to fill the vacancies.

Prof. Dr. Hansraj Suman of the University of Delhi said the vacancy is only for central university departments while thousands of teaching vacancies are vacant in its affiliated colleges. He said that before the circular from the Ministry of Education, the UGC also repeatedly issued a circular for permanent appointment in universities and colleges.

Many academicians requested that a circular be sent to the vice-chancellors of all central universities before the implementation of the national education policy.

In this, the deadline for filling these positions should be fixed and subsidies for universities that do not comply with the rules should be stopped.

The Union Ministry of Education says creating and filling vacancies at 46 central universities is an ongoing process. Therefore, the Ministry of Education has issued instructions to all central universities to fill teaching vacancies in a special and mission mode.



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