India to have four new central varsities

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A daily newspaper reports that the new HRD Minister Smriti Irani informs parliament about the government planning to set up four new Central Varsities in the country for which teachers are to be re-employed between the age group of 65 to 70 to meet the faculty requirement of 6251 vacant posts.

Irani sent a written reply to Lok Sabha regarding this in which she mentioned about the location of the varsities specifically wherein she had written he ministry of human resource development (HRD) has decided to set up four new central universities, viz. one Central Tribal University each in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, one central university in Andhra Pradesh and Mahatma Gandhi Central University in Bihar.

At present, there are 40 central universities under the purview of the ministry.

A total of 6,251 teachers’ posts are lying vacant in the 39 central universities under the purview of the UGC, parliament was informed Wednesday.

Another major point that was written in her letter to Lok Sabha said that the total number of sanctioned teaching posts available in 39 central universities under the purview of the UGC (University Grants Commission) is 16,692, of which 6,251 posts are vacant.

As far as re-employment is concerned her take was that the Re-employment beyond the age of superannuation shall, however, be done selectively, for a limited period of three years in the first instance and then for another further period of two years purely on the basis of merit, experience, area of specialisation and only against available vacant positions.

Irani said a scheme called “Operation Faculty Recharge” has been initiated for augmenting the research and teaching resources of universities to tackle the shortage of faculty in the university system.

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