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University faces faculty crunch as 50% seats vacant

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A survey by the University Grants Commission's (UGC) pay-review committee (PRC) has revealed that more than 51 per cent
of posts are lying vacant at the university level.
Young and talented individuals are not opting for teaching. The PRC as suggested all-out efforts to fill vacant posts through “attractive pay packages and better serving conditions” as a first step for preventing this problem.

The PRC has also recommended 70 to 90 per cent salary hike for college and university teachers. It said their retirement should be raised to 65 and they should be re-employed on selective basis up to 70 years for meeting the shortage of faculty.

In 47 universities (10 central, 29 state and eight deemed) included in the survey, 53 per cent posts for lecturers, 51 for readers and 45 for professors are vacant.

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