Raghabendra P Tiwari, vice-chancellor of Central University of Punjab, said faculty recruitment is a long process. As per the rules, direct appointment of Assistant Professors, Associate Professors and Professors in Universities and Colleges must be selected on merit basis through All India Advertising and by a duly constituted Selection Committee. “Candidates are given at least 5 days to apply after screening and shortlisting of candidates, formation of selection committee and approval of the Executive Council. We will do our utmost to reduce the response time to all the steps involved in the process, as soon as we can, ”Tiwari said.
The Central University of Punjab started the application process for recruitment last week. The university has sanctioned 217 teaching staff positions and currently has only 129 full-time faculties.
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PC Joshi, Acting Vice-Chancellor, emphasized on working in mission-mode to address the faculty crisis in Delhi University (DU) universities. “Universities must set a goal and work accordingly within six months to a year,” Joshi said. Regarding the lack of proper candidates, Joshi explained that the advertisement in the national daily helps us get wide publicity and we get a lot of applicants from India. So, finding the right talent is not a problem for us. Sometimes candidates may be reluctant to move due to some personal issues, but this does not apply to everyone, ”he added.
Tiwari pointed out that most of the vacancies in his universities are in senior faculties (associate professors and professors) and reserved classes. Regarding the reasons behind most of the vacancies in these departments, Tiwari explained that the transfer to get senior faculty is a big challenge. “People working at other universities prefer not to wait for promotion under the Career Advancement Scheme (CAS) but rather to move from one place to another,” he said. For the reserved department, Tiwari said the lack of qualified candidates is a big challenge for universities. According to the provisions, a university can conduct the interview only if there are at least three qualified candidates for the vacant post under their respective department.
Challenges to widespread circulation
With the widespread use of advertising, universities are facing a funding crisis. “Universities cannot pay at the rate set by the newspaper. We must adhere to the rates set by the Department of Advertising and Visual Promotion (DAVP). The advertising rate of most prominent newspapers is higher than the DAVP rate. This limits our circulation to a wider population, ”Tiwari said.“ Despite the limited budget, we advertise the recruitment process as per the guidelines laid down by the DOPT and get a good number of applications, ”he added.
Absence of permanent VC
Some central universities do not have permanent VCs. Sarat Kumar Palita, vice-chancellor (in-charge) of Central University of Orissa in Koraput, said, “An acting VC or VC cannot decide on important issues, including the recruitment process.” “Before starting the faculty recruitment process, we must have a permanent VC,” said Palita, adding that she hopes the education ministry will finalize a permanent VC of the university soon.
Lack of transparency
There is no shortage of meritorious candidates in the country, said a senior educationist at an educational institution in Delhi on condition of anonymity. What is delaying recruitment, he pointed out, is the lack of transparency and impartiality that has hampered the recruitment process at various state and central universities. “It is possible to complete the recruitment process at all levels within a year by October 2022. Meanwhile, the recruitment process, including the criteria for advertising and screening applications, can be completed by October 2021.”
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