INDIA: Top universities have 34% teaching vacancies

There is a stark difference between the hype around higher education and the real picture, reports The Times of India. The top universities in India have 34% vacancies in teaching jobs. Twenty-two central universities with 11,085 sanctioned posts have 3,777 vacant posts, parliament was told on Wednesday.

So bad is the situation that the new central universities, the ministry told the lower house, have appointed temporary/guest faculty on contract to meet their immediate requirement.

Sikkim University is the worst of the lot with a whopping 84% vacancy (169 vacancies out of total posts of 201). The Human Resource Development Ministry's claim that all the posts have since been advertised and 32 posts have been filled on contractual basis, is hardly a consolation.
Full report on The Times of India site