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Universities need time to fill numerous vacant faculty posts – Times of India

Given the faculty crunch on the central universities throughout India, Union training minister Dharmendra Pradhan introduced dashing up recruitment in a mission mode to fill 6,000 vacant posts by October 2021 whereas addressing vice-chancellors of 46 central universities. The ministry determined to promote the vacancies by September 10.

Raghvendra P Tiwari, vice-chancellor, Central University of Punjab, says that faculty recruitment is a prolonged course of. According to the principles, the direct recruitment to the posts of assistant professors, affiliate professors, and professors within the universities and schools should be carried out on the idea of benefit by way of all India ads and alternatives by the duly constituted choice committees. “Candidates are given at least 45 days to apply since the advertisement of the posts followed by screening and shortlisting of the candidates, constitution of selection committee and approval by the Executive Council. The deadline set by the ministry is possible to meet for the universities which have already advertised their vacancies within six months. However, we will make sincere efforts to reduce response time in respect of all the steps involved in the recruitment process to conclude it at the earliest,” says Tiwari.

The Central University of Punjab has began the appliance course of for recruitment final week. The University has sanctioned posts of 217 educating workers and presently, they’ve solely 129 full-time schools.


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PC Joshi, performing vice-chancellor, University of Delhi (DU) emphasises engaged on mission-mode to handle the faculty crunch on the universities. “Universities must set a goal and work accordingly to accomplish the task within six months to one year,” says Joshi. On the scarcity of proper candidates, Joshi explains that ads in nationwide dailies assist us get a wider circulation and we get a big quantity of candidates from throughout India. So, getting the proper expertise will not be a problem for us. Sometimes candidates is perhaps reluctant to relocate due to some private points, however it doesn’t apply to everybody,” he provides.

Tiwari highlights that majority of the posts mendacity vacant at his universities are principally of senior schools (affiliate professors and professors) and reserved classes. On the rationale behind the utmost vacancies for these classes, Tiwari explains that relocation is a serious problem to get senior schools. “Those working at other universities prefer to wait for promotion under Career Advancement Scheme (CAS) rather than re-locating from one place to other,” he provides. For reserved classes, Tiwari says that scarcity of eligible candidates is a serious problem for the schools. According to the provisions, a college can conduct the interview provided that they’ve at the very least three eligible candidates for a vacant put up underneath the respective class.

Challenges in wider circulation

In phrases of wider circulation of the commercial, universities are going through funds crunch. “Universities cannot pay as per the rates fixed by the newspapers. We have to abide by the rates fixed by the Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity (DAVP). Most of the prominent newspapers have higher rates for advertisement as compared to DAVP rates. It limits our circulation to wider population,” says Tiwari. “Despite the limited budget, we advertise the recruitment process as per the guidelines set by the DOPT and get good number of applications,” he provides.

Absence of everlasting VC

Some of the central universities should not have a everlasting VC. “An acting VC or VCs on extension cannot take decisions on key issues including the recruitment process,” says Sharat Kumar Palita, vice-chancellor (in-cost), Central University of Odisha, Koraput. “Before initiating the faculty recruitment process, we must have a permanent VC,” says Palita who’s hoping that Education Ministry will quickly finalise a everlasting VC for the University.

Lack of transparency

There is not any dearth of gifted candidates within the nation, says a senior academician of a Delhi-based instructional establishment on situation of anonymity. On what delays the recruitment, he highlights that lack of transparency and favouritism has hampered the recruitment course of at varied state and central universities. “It is possible to complete the recruitment process at all levels within one year by October 2022. Meanwhile, process of recruitment including advertisement and criteria of screening applications, etc can be completed by October 2021,” he provides.

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