INDIA

Minister presses for action on university recruitment

Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar last week said vacancies of faculty members in central universities and Indian Institutes of Technology stood at 40%, reports Daily News and Analysis.

He observed that the process of recruitment needed to be streamlined in order to bring in good faculty members. "We too can offer world-class facilities and infrastructure to the students here, but there are constraints… There are 40% vacancies in central universities and IITs [Indian Institutes of Technology]," the minister told delegates to an international conference on “The Changing Landscape of Internationalisation of Higher Education”, organised by the Symbiosis International University in collaboration with the Association of Indian Universities.

"I have asked IIT councils to go abroad and contact our research students, who have gone there to pursue further research and they too are ready to come back and serve the country," said Javadekar. He said that though all these research students are ready to come back and serve the country, the process of recruitment is "troublesome" in the central universities and institutes.
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