It seems like Central Universities of the country, are going through a tough time when it comes to faculties. The latest audit report, reveals that currently, there are 15, 573 teaching faculties in 39 central universities across the country. The figure has revealed that there are still, 40% vacant seats in these universities.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) says "As of January 1, 2014, Central University of Tamil Nadu (CUTN) in Tiruvarur functions with a skeletal team of 28 faculty members against the required strength of 151. The faculty shortage is more than 80%. This is the lowest after Central University of Odisha, which has just 11.6% of the required faculty strength. Both central universities were set up after 2009 along with 10 other central universities".
The Deputy Registrar of CUTN, M P Balamurugan says "Vacancies are allocated to departments as and when the need arises, and that there is no predetermined number or sanction department-wise. So, they cannot all be filled at one go without planning and clearance at the academic council. The cycle to fill up vacancies takes anywhere between 6 to 8 months from the date of notification to the date offer is given to the candidate. This process has to be followed meticulously and getting experts for the screening/selection becomes an arduous task".
However, in order to fill the gap, CUTN has appointed teachers on short term contractual basis. CUTN has made sure that the quality of education is not hampered. Chairman of the IIT-Kanpur Board of Governors, M Anandakrishnan says "There are not enough trained people. Expansion has taken place at such a rapid pace and the government has imposed stringent qualification norms. I would rather be prudent and let vacancies be filled by competent people gradually than rush through it".