Over 4,300 teaching posts are vacant in Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) across the country, the upper house of the parliament has been informed.
Union minister of state for education Subhas Sarkar shared this information in response to a written question in the Rajya Sabha.
The maximum vacant faculty positions are in IIT Kharagpur (815) followed by IIT Bombay (532), IIT (ISM) Dhanbad (447), IIT Madras (396), IIT Kanpur (351), IIT Roorkee (296) and IIT BHU (289).
Sarkar said that IIT Delhi has 73 vacant faculty positions, IIT Bhubaneswar (115), IIT Gandhinagar (45), IIT Hyderabad (132), IIT Indore (81), IIT Jodhpur (65), IIT Mandi (73), IIT Patna (100), IIT Ropar (69), IIT Tirupati (18), IIT Palakkad (24), IIT Jammu (31), IIT Bhilai (43), IIT Goa (40) and IIT Dharwad (39).
"The government has implemented 10% reservation for admission of students under EWS category without any reduction in the number of seats available to GEN, SC, ST and OBC categories by increasing the student strength by 25%. Accordingly, the requirement of faculty has increased in the IITs," Sarkar said.
He said the faculty recruitment takes time since it involves a number of stages in the process.
"The ministry of education has requested all IITs to fill up the vacancies in faculty cadre through special recruitment drives in mission mode. Further, IIMs also follow a rolling advertisement system for applications for the faculty positions. They have also been asked to fill vacancies in a mission mode," added the minister.