According to statistics from the Ministry of Education (MoE), there are more than 11,000 faculty positions vacant at central universities, IITs and IIMs across the country.
The data was shared by Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan in a written reply in Lok Sabha.
In 45 central universities, a total of 6,180 positions of professor, associate professor and assistant professor, of the 18,956 sanctioned positions, are vacant.
Similarly, in Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), a total of 4,502 posts out of 11,170 sanctioned posts are vacant.
In Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), 493 out of 1,566 faculty posts are vacant.
“The creation of vacancies and their filling is a continuous process. Central universities are autonomous bodies, established under respective central laws. Their recruitment procedure is formulated by their statutory bodies in accordance with their laws, statutes, rules and UGC regulations or guidelines,” Pradhan said.
The minister went on to say that he has instructed all higher education institutions (HEIs) to fill the vacancies in a mission mode.
“In addition to writing to all IHOs to fill the vacancies in a mission mode, the ministry has set up a monthly monitoring mechanism,” he said.
Of the vacant posts at the Central Universities and IIMs, 961 places are reserved for the SC category, 578 for the ST category and 1,657 are OBC posts. The vacant positions reserved for the EWS and PWD category are 643 and 301 respectively.
“The Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers Framework) Act, 2019 was notified on 9th July 2019 to ensure the preparation of schedules by considering the University as a unit. According to the Act, reservation also applies in all Higher Educational Institutions except the institutions mentioned in the schedule and some other exceptions as stated in the law.
“Under this law, reservation is provided for all posts in direct recruitment under teachers in central educational institutions. After the entry into force of this law, no reserved post may be revoked,” Pradhan said.
There are 23 IITs in the country while the number of IIMs is 20.