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The country’s top technical institutes are marred by an acute shortage of staff, official figures suggest. While the shortage of faculty in the sixteen IITs stands at 36.5 per cent, the NITs have a whopping 40.8 per cent vacancy in teaching positions, as per data provided by the central Human Resource Development ministry.
The reasons behind this faculty crunch include retirement, resignation, increase in students’ intake and non-availability of qualified candidates for taking up teaching assignments, Smriti Irani, Union HRD minister stated in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
Efforts are being made through various initiatives to attract candidates for the teaching position, the minister informed the parliament. To overcome this problem, NITs have started engaging contract and additional staff along with the use of online mode of teaching. The salary for the teaching staff at the NITs, on the other hand, have been brought at par with the IITs in a bid to attract quality teachers to the institute.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has further reduced the salary limit for employment Visa to foreign faculty from US$ 25,000 to US$ 14,000 with a view to make it possible for foreign faculty to join IITs and NITs, the minister further informed.