Bhubaneswar, July 30 (LocalWire): A dearth of teachers with a backlog of vacancies is affecting academics in government-run universities and degree colleges.
The higher education minister admitted that around 4,000 teaching posts are lying vacant in higher educational institutions and said the government has decided to fill up the vacant posts by 31 December.
There are 11 universities, 52 government degree and autonomous colleges under the state government besides 507 non-government colleges receiving government assistance.
Minister for higher education, Arun Kumar Sahu, replying to a query by BJD member Prafulla Samal told the Assembly recently that 438 assistant professors’ posts and 267 associate professors’ posts are lying vacant in 11 state-run universities.
Besides these, 144 sanctioned professors’ posts are also lying vacant. The number of teaching posts lying vacant in 11 universities stands at 849, according to the minister.
Things are no better in government degree colleges imparting graduation courses with 1276 vacancies in lecturers’ post.
Similarly 1824 lecturers’ posts are also lying vacant in government-owned non-government colleges.
Total 3,949 posts are lying vacant in government and non-government colleges in the state.
Steps have been initiated to fill up the vacant posts in universities and colleges and notification and advertisements will come out soon in this regard, the minister told the Assembly.
All premier universities including Utkal University, Berhampur University, Sambalpur University, Ravenshaw University and Rama Devi Women’s University have vacancies.