An RTI revealed that around 35 per cent faculty positions are lying vacant in 23 Indian Institutes of Technology across the country.
The official reply by Union HRD ministry to the RTI filed by Neemuch-based activist Chandrashekhar Gaud said, “As against sanctioned strength of 7,744 teachers, 5,072 teachers are teaching 82,603 students in 23 IITs. This means 2,672 posts are lying vacant which is 35 per cent”. The breakup was given till October 1, 2016.
On the basis of RTI, Gaud said that the current teacher student ratio in IITs is 1:16 though these institutes are trying to achieve the 1:10 ratio.
Meanwhile, “Super 30” founder Anand Kumar said, “the government opened new IITs in the last couple of years in haste, but has failed to provide necessary infrastructure like laboratories etc. This is affecting the quality of these IITs, which in long term could affect the brand IIT at global level.”
Quoting the reply from the ministry, Gaud revealed that the old IITs too are affected by the shortage of teachers. He said, “In old IITs, 30 per cent posts of teachers are lying vacant at IIT Bombay, Delhi (35 percent), Guwahati (27 per cent), Kanpur (37 per cent), Kharagpur (46 per cent), Madras (28 per cent), Roorkee (45 percent) and IIT BHU (47 per cent)”.