36% of sanctioned posts of faculty members are vacant in IIT's


As much as 36 percent of sanctioned posts of faculty members are vacant across eight prominent Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), a reply under the Right to Information has revealed. The IITs of Mumbai (IIT Bombay), Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Chennai (IIT Madras), Roorkee and Varanasi currently have 65,824 students, but only 4,049 teachers against 6,318 approved posts.

The information was given by the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry in response to a query by Neemuch-based RTI activist Chandrashekhar Gaud. Thus, with 2,269 vacancies, these IITs currently have one teacher for every 16 students. IIT (BHU) Varanasi, where 5,485 students are enrolled, has the worst shortfall, the reply revealed.

Against 548 sanctioned posts of teachers, it has 265 faculty members, which means 52 percent of posts are vacant. Educationist and career adviser Jayantilal Bhandari said, "The number of IITs in the country has reached 23 now.
It is worrisome that these eight major and among the oldest IITs are still facing a teacher shortage. If these institutions are facing this situation, one can guess what would be the situation at newer IITs."

According to the HRD ministry data, IIT Kharagpur has 46 percent posts vacant, IIT Roorkee 42 percent, IIT Kanpur 37 percent, IIT Delhi 29 percent, IIT Madras 28 percent, IIT Bombay 27 percent and IIT Guwahati has 25 percent posts vacant.

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