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India to have four new central varsities: Smriti Irani

July 24, 2014


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

vacant."

"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.

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