Only 10% of the faculty positions in universities to be hired on contract basis: Education Minister

Replying to a question in Lok Sabha today whether the government has adopted contractual system for appointment of teachers in several universities, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that filling up of vacancies in central universities is a continuous process. It is continuously monitored by the Ministry of Education and the University Grants Commission (UGC) along with the universities.

He further said that “UGC through several letters has repeatedly requested the universities to ensure that the vacancies in the university, as well as the colleges affiliated to the universities, are filled up at the earliest. However, the obligation to fill the teaching posts is on Central Universities which are autonomous bodies created under Acts of Parliament.”

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The Minister further clarified that teachers should be appointed on contract basis only when it is absolutely necessary and when the student-teacher ratio does not meet the prescribed criteria. In any case, the number of such appointments should not exceed 10 per cent of the total number of faculty positions in a college/university.

He further added, “The qualification and selection process for appointing him should be the same as applicable to a regular appointed teacher.”

“The fixed emoluments to be paid to such contract teachers should not be less than the monthly gross salary of a regularly appointed assistant professor. Such appointments should not be made initially for more than one academic session, and the performance of any such admission teacher should be reviewed before re-appointment on contractual basis for another session for academic performance, “They said.

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