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UGC issues warning to varsities to fill up vacant teaching posts

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued a
warning regarding the filling up of vacant teaching posts in the universities.

The letter issued to Vice Chancellors by the
chairman of UGC has said that if the vacancies were not filled by the start of
the next academic year, it would be forced to stop issuing the annual grant to
the universities.

Dwelling on the need for improving and maintaining
the quality of education, Ved Prakash, chairman, UGC, has stated in the letter
that while there is a growing need for quality education the vacant teaching
posts was working against the goal and had to be addressed immediately.

The letter says, ‘You need to fill up the vacant
posts after following due process of advertisements and also ask experts from
different fields to refer eligible candidates for the posts.’ In all there are
650 universities in the country and on an average there are nearly 100 to 150
teaching posts lying vacant.

In the University of Mumbai itself there are about
365 vacancies, of which 211 have been filled up, and the process of filling up
the remaining 154 posts is underway as the posts have been advertised. The
vacant posts have had a direct impact on the students who have had to make do
without teachers in many courses.

Mr Prakash has said that universities need to stop
hiring temporary teachers who work on contractual basis and are not concerned
about building the future generation who needs to have a proper understanding
of the subjects they are learning.

Warning the universities of action if they failed to
fill up the vacant posts by the start of the next academic year, Mr Prakash has
told the vice-chancellors that the UGC would not deal with the situation
sympathetically and would stop the issuance of grants to the errant
universities, reported Asian Age.

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