Bhubaneswar, December 7 (LocalWire): As many as 58% of academic faculty posts are lying vacant in ten government-run universities in the state, officials said on Saturday.
These universities imparting post-graduation courses presently have only 586 teaching staff as against 1,424 sanctioned posts severely affecting the classes and the future of the students there.
The scenario is no better for non-teaching staffs with 56% or 1,566 posts of the 2,759 sanctioned posts lying vacant.
The paucity of teaching staff has been affecting all universities, including the state’s oldest higher educational institution Utkal University, which is celebrating its platinum jubilee year.
President of India Ramnath Kovid is scheduled to grace the platinum jubilee function of Utkal University on Sunday.
The premier university has only 137 teachers as against the sanctioned 257 posts.
The Gangadhar Meher University in Sambalpur, however, is worst affected with 88% vacancies yet to be filled; the University has just 16 teaching staff as against the sanctioned strength of 144.
Odisha lone women’s university, Rama Devi Women’s University in Bhubaneswar, too has 105 of the 138 sanctioned posts lying vacant.
The prestigious Ravenshaw University in Cuttack, on the other hand, has 179 unfilled teachers’ posts as against the total sanctioned faculty strength of 267, a massive vacancy of 67 per cent.
Similarly, the Jagganath Sanskrit University in Puri is yet to fill 63 per cent or 24 of the 38 sanctioned posts, while Berhampur University has 47.71 per cent vacancy with 72 of the sanctioned 153 teaching posts yet to be filled, and Sambalpur University has 33.98 per cent or 52 vacant posts.
North Orissa University is short of 74 teaching staff, 64.34 per cent of the sanctioned 115 posts, and Fakir Mohan University in Balasore has 72 of its 117 teaching posts vacant.
The state government has already initiated steps to fill up the vacant teaching posts in universities and colleges and the notification will be issued soon, a senior official of the Higher Education Department told LocalWire.