Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani informed the parliament that the
government has planned to set up four new central universities in the country and teachers shall
be re-employed at the varsities on contract beyond the age of 65 years and up to the age of 70
years to meet faculty requirement of 6,251 vacant posts reported IANS.
"The ministry of human resource development (HRD) has decided to set up four new central
universities, viz. one Central Tribal University each in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, one
central university in Andhra Pradesh and Mahatma Gandhi Central University in Bihar," Irani
said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.
At present, there are 40 central universities under the purview of the ministry.
A total of 6,251 teachers' posts are lying vacant in the 39 central universities under the purview
of the UGC, parliament was informed Wednesday.
Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani, in a written reply to the Lok Sabha,
said: "The total number of sanctioned teaching posts available in 39 central universities under
the purview of the UGC (University Grants Commission) is 16,692, of which 6,251 posts are
"Re-employment beyond the age of superannuation shall, however, be done selectively, for a
limited period of three years in the first instance and then for another further period of two years
purely on the basis of merit, experience, area of specialisation and only against available vacant
positions," she said.
Irani said a scheme called "Operation Faculty Recharge" has been initiated for augmenting the
research and teaching resources of universities to tackle the shortage of faculty in the university
system. Source: Agency.