Close to 70% of the 4,476 sanctioned posts for teachers in eight state-run universities of Jharkhand are lying vacant, the Raj Bhavan in Ranchi has said in a statement.
According to the statement released on May 23, at least 3,064 sanctioned posts in state-run varsities were currently lying vacant.
Raising concern over the matter, Jharkhand governor Ramesh Bais asked the state government to fill up the posts at the earliest.
The figure came to the fore during a meeting of higher education department officials and others chaired by Bais.
At Ranchi University, 674 posts for teachers are vacant against the sanctioned posts of 1,032. At Kolhan University of Chaibasa, 719 of the sanctioned posts of 994 are empty. Altogether 343 posts are vacant at Vinoba Bhave University in Hazaribag where the number of sanctioned posts is 597, the statement said.
The situation is more or less similar in the other five varsities. The governor said that serious attention needs to be paid to this direction so that assistant professors, associate professors and professors are appointed to the universities at the earliest.
Bais also raised serious concern over the shortage of principals in many colleges which are being run by principals-in-charge. The governor said that the principal-in-charge of such colleges would now be appointed by the Raj Bhawan and not by vice-chancellors.