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The very institutes that are designed to groom the future of the nation, our youth, have a shocking amount of faculty vacancies, leading to the question if there are insufficient teachers, who will train India's youth?
According to reports, central universities have 53.28 vacant faculty posts, followed by the NITs with 47 percent teacher vacancies and the elite Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have more than 35 percent of faculty vacancies.
While the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) are marginally better off with an average of 26.01 percent of faculty vacancies, IIM Indore has a shocking 51 percent of vacant positions.
Among the central universities, the Central University of Haryana is suffering from 75.11 percent of faculty vacancies, while University of Allahabad has over 64 percent vacant positions and Delhi University has 54.75 percent vacancies.
Taking action against the crippling shortage of qualified teachers, Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar announced a major recruitment drive for faculty members across various campuses that will take place over the next fortnight, in addition to the recruitment processes already launched by the respective universities.
"In Jawaharlal Nehru University, of the 300 vacancies, we have recruited 200 and the rest will be completed soon. Similarly, by next month, a large number of interviews are to be conducted across Delhi University colleges," said Javadekar.
"Not only in JNU and DU, but even in the new institutions the recruitment process is underway at a good pace and soon a large number of positions will be filled up," added the minister.
Javadekar said that the ministry is also considering of re-employment and calling in industry experts to fill up the teaching vacancies. He added that institutions will have to fill up at least 75 percent of the untenanted posts by the end of the year.