Central Varsities Still Face Acute Faculty Crunch, Says President
Maintaining that most central universities continue to face an acute faculty shortage, President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said the vacancy figure had come down to 4,784 from last year’s 6,422, which showed just 25 percent of the vacant posts had been filled.
Addressing a conference of vice-chancellors of central universities at Rashtrapati
Bhavan, Pranab said: “India can be a world leader in education, only if we discover the will and leadership to take us to that pinnacle. Education is no longer the privilege of the elite, but a universal right.” The President said that during the past 18 months he had visited 58 higher education institutes, including 17 central universities.
“There is a huge potential in these institutions which lies untapped. The brilliance of our scholars and the exuberance of young students are waiting to be channelled into positive action. Deliberations in the conference should be aimed at unleashing this potential,” he said.
Expressing concern over the absence of Indian universities in the world’s top university rankings, the President asked the central universities to take the ranking process seriously and appoint nodal authorities to present their achievements to the ranking agencies in the proper perspective.
While appreciating the fact that in the past one year, innovation clubs had been set up in 22 central universities, Pranab asked the remaining central universities to take pro-active steps to set up such clubs.
The President wanted central universities to be the launch pads of innovative ideas and to institutionalise structures that can identify indigenious ideas and mentor them into viable products.