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New Delhi:

The University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) have given a six-month deadline to all the colleges, universities and deemed universities to fill up their faculty vacancies, via a process that will be monitored at every step.

In a letter written to the vice-chancellors of universities and to colleges and institutions deemed to be universities, the UGC said the shortage of quality teaching faculty in Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) was a major concern and needed to be addressed immediately for improving the quality of higher education.

“Shortage of quality teaching faculty in HEIs is one amongst the many issues presently confronting the higher education system in the country. This is also affecting the quality of higher education. Therefore, the guidelines should be followed by HEIs to ensure timely filling up of vacant faculty posts with appropriately eligible and competent candidates,” the UGC said.

There are at least 5,000 vacant positions in 48 central universities alone. UGC oversees over 900 universities and more than 40,000 colleges across the country. The six-month timeline allows 15 days for the identification of vacant posts, the details of which must be uploaded on the NHERC portal by June 20, 2019.

Within 30 days thereafter, the competent authority of each institution is required to give its approval to fill up the vacancies.

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