Bhubaneswar, July 7 (LocalWire): The ministry of human resource development has launched a drive to fill in the vacancies of faculty at the higher education institutions and launched a portal asking higher education institutions of state to provide data on the same by mid July so that steps could be taken to fill the positions on time.
As part of the initiative, the union ministry has planned to monitor the vacant positions of the teachers at the higher education institutions of the state through a national dashboard.
The ministry has also launched a National Higher Education Resource Centre that can be accessed at www.nherc.in where the universities and colleges have to submit the details of the faculty position.
The aim of the drive is to compile the data related to faculty positions and monitor the same through a national dashboard for taking steps to fill the same as per the revised guideline of recruitment issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
The UGC in a letter earlier had asked the institutions to collect the data and fill the vacancies in six months time.
“The shortage of quality teaching faculty is one of the issues confronting the higher education system in the country.
In the drive towards improving quality of education, it has been decided to launch a drive to fill all vacancies in higher education institutions,” the letter sent by MHRD secretary R Subrahmanyam stated.
Academicians here have welcomed the move of the Centre for launching such a drive to tackle the faculty shortage problem at institutions.
“The focus always remained on creating good infrastructure, but we need to deal with a much bigger issue and that is addressing the faculty shortage at the institutions,” a retired college principal Basant Sahu said.
Utkal University vice-chancellor Soumendra Pattnaik said that they have got the direction from the state about filling the data on the national portal. “The state government has already cleared the issues for restarting the recruitment for the teachers.
It will be done in a fast track manner,” he said.
A senior higher education department official said that the deadline for filling up the data was June 30, but upon request, the center has extended it till July 15.
“We have asked the state-run universities and autonomous colleges to register on the new portal and complete the data filling on the faculty position by July 15,” the official said.
It must be noted here that as per the proactive disclosure under Right to Information Act put up by the higher education department in their official website, there are 692 vacant faculty positions in government degree colleges as against the sanctioned strength of 1,986, while in junior colleges it stood 136 against the sanctioned strength of 1,051.