HRD Minister will discuss strategies to fill-up empty faculty seats on priority with vice chancellors of different colleges in a meeting next month. Find detailed information below.
With an aim to improve the quality of education offered in India, Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar will chair a meeting next month, which will be attended by vice chancellors of around 40 central universities to discuss strategies to fill-up vacant faculty seats in these universities.
The meeting, which has been scheduled to be held at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi on October 6, will also have discussions on improving research quality and enhancing student-centric measures.
The HRD ministry in last December had shown certain statistics that claimed 1310 posts of professors are vacant across various central universities in India.
Student-centric measures which are to be discussed in the meeting includes setting up of SC/ ST unit, checking the status of setting up a committee for gender-based complaints, equal-opportunity cells, etc.
On the other hand, discussions on improving quality of research may include setting up of incubation or start-up centre, industry academia interface for research purposes, etc.
Javadekar, in his first comprehensive meeting with the VC’s after assuming office, will also discuss generation of resources by the universities other than government aids on high priority. Ideas on resource generation consultancy and other means will be also thought upon.
Apart from filling-up core faculty seats, a senior official of the ministry has suggested that discussions will also be carried out on filling-up strategic positions in the universities like the post of Registrar, Controller of Examination, Finance Officers, etc.
The plans are also to introduce the cast based reservation in faculty of the prestigious institutes of management and technologies in India, which, many believe, is to mar the quality of education for sure. The reason being, IIMs and IITs are very much particular about hiring the teachers. However, to accommodate the candidates from the reserved categories, as per the government directions, these premium institutes will have no other way but to relax their norms.
Well, in a time when India is struggling with its ranking at the world level, providing reservation and hiring candidates that are less competitive to their general category counterparts will surely lower the standard of education. Also, it won’t be surprising if India loses its ranking at the global level, yet again.