Faculty numbers dip 2.34 lakh in 3 years

AISHE confirms rising vacancies in higher education

July 28, 2018 02:38 am | Updated 02:38 am IST - NEW DELHI

The total number of teachers in higher educational institutions in India has come down by about 2.34-lakh in the last three years, as per the All India Survey on Higher Education report 2017-18.

Coming at a time when there has been widespread concern over the continuing vacancies in universities, the report is likely to be an eye-opener on the dearth of teachers in Indian universities.

The total number of teachers in higher educational institutions in India — inclusive of all posts from professor to temporary teacher — stood at 12.84 lakh in 2017-18. The figure for 2016-17 was 13.65 lakh and that for 2015-16 was 15.18 lakh, signalling a fall of about 2.34 lakh within three years. Between 2011-12 and 2015-16, the number had been rising from 12.47 lakh to 15.18 lakh.

The reason could be that professors who are retiring are not being replaced, and fresh vacancies at all levels are not being filled up.

“It seems to be a case of sanctioned posts not being filled in State Universities. In Central Universities, there are sanctioned posts and funds, but the problem is that they are not being filled by the universities,” former University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman S.K. Thorat told The Hindu .

A senior official of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MoHRD) told The Hindu that the 2017-18 figure may have gone down because only teachers who provided their Aadhar numbers were been shown as teachers from this year onward.

‘Continuous process’

On July 23, 2018, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Vishwanath Gaikwad asked about the vacancies in the Lok Sabha.

The reply from the MoHRD said: “Occurring and filling up of vacancies is a continuous process. Universities being autonomous institutions, the onus of filling up of vacant teaching posts lies with them.”

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