University Grants Commission, UGC has directed the universities to fill 3 lakh faculty posts within a period of six months. In the wake-up call to the universities and colleges, the Commission has issued guidelines and written letter to the vice-chancellors of the universities on issue of shortage of quality teaching staff in such institutions. The letter issued by the Commission focuses on the shortage of quality teaching faculty in Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) to improve the quality of higher education. The Commission has asked all the institutions to identify the vacancies within 15 days and to complete the recruitment process in 180 days.
Through this recruitment drive, 3 lakh vacancies of faculties will be filled up in government-run higher education institutions. 6100 teaching posts in central universities including 4000 from Delhi University will be filled up this time.
“Shortage of quality teaching faculty in HEIs is one amongst the many issues presently confronting the higher education system in the country. This is also affecting the quality of higher education. Therefore, the guidelines should be followed by HEIs to ensure timely filling up of vacant faculty posts with appropriately eligible and competent candidates,” the UGC said.
The guidelines said the HEIs should ensure that the details of all the vacant posts, along with the reservations details, were uploaded on the online portal. The monitoring of the filling up of vacancies would be done by the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry and the UGC through the portal.