Hyderabad: Even as Telangana suffers from a high unemployment rate compared to other states in the country, more than 300 teaching posts remain vacant in the state’s three Central universities.
Central universities such as the University of Hyderabad, Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU), and the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU) show a total of 317 vacancies in the various teaching posts of professor, associate professor and assistant professor.
While 53 posts for assistant professors are vacant in MANUU, 46 posts have not been filled in Hyderabad Central University (HCU). Meanwhile, 63 posts for associate professors are vacant in HCU, while 36 and 25 posts are vacant in MANUU and EFLU, respectively. HCU has 46 vacancies for the post of professor.
In India over 6000 teaching posts remain vacant in various Central universities. While 2,753 assistant professor posts have not been filled, 2,452 posts for associate professors are vacant.
The recruitment drive to fill these vacancies were stalled after the BJP government tried to implement the controversial 13-point roster system, as opposed to the 200-point system in jobs at Central universities. Following a public outcry, the old reservation policy had been restored and the University Grants Commission had directed universities to fill vacancies at the earliest in June last year.
Speaking about the vacant teaching posts in universities Sowmya Dechamma, faculty at the Centre for Comparative Literature, HCU, said, “A similar number of vacancies can be found in state universities as well. The current government is responsible for stalling the recruitment process. Perhaps, they waited to make sure that new people who are to be recruited are supportive of their ideology and they will have some PhDs and other faculty members on their side.”
In response to a Lok Sabha question pertaining to vacant posts in Central universities, the Ministry of Human Resource and Development put forth the report with vacancies in non-teaching posts as well. In Telangana, several non-teaching posts have not been filled.
The three Central universities combined have around 1,000 vacancies for non-teaching posts, the most for Group-C posts among non-teaching jobs. HCU alone had 674 vacancies for non-teaching staff.
Over 12,000 non-teaching jobs in Central universities are vacant all over the country. With 9,036 jobs vacant in Group-C, 2,533 in Group-B, and 754 vacancies in Group-A, the number comes to a total of 12,323 vacancies in the country.