CUET UG Result 2022: Central Universities with Largest Applications Have Higher Faculty Vacancies

Delhi University (DU), Allahabad University (AU) and Banaras Hindu University (BHU), the three central universities with the highest applications in the Common College Entrance Test (CUET) , they also have the largest vacant faculty positions in the country.

Delhi University has 900 vacancies, Allahabad University 622, followed by Banaras Hindu University (BHU) which had 532 vacancies, according to data shared by the Ministry of Education in Parliament.

According to CUET 2022, Delhi University has the highest number of applications with 6.63 lakh, followed by Banaras Hindu University (4.34 lakh) and Allahabad University (2.62 lakh). This year, BHU was ranked 6th and DU was ranked as the 13th best university in the country as per the NIRF ranking.

The central universities in the capital, apart from DU, had relatively less vacancies. Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) had 326 vacancies and Jamia Milia Islamia had 223 vacancies, according to the education ministry. The two central Sanskrit universities in Delhi, the Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri National Sanskrit University and the Central Sanskrit University, had 36 and 19 vacant faculty posts, respectively, he added. This data was shared by the government in response to a question asked by Deepender Singh Hooda, a Congress MP in the Rajya Sabha.

The School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), New Delhi, which was ranked fourth among architecture schools in the country by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), had 27 vacancies. The other two SPAs of Bhopal and Vijayawada had 18 and 11 vacancies respectively.

“Our selection committees are working continuously,” said Prof Vikas Gupta, registrar of DU. Gupta said the appointment of permanent faculty members in all the departments of the south campus colleges had almost been completed. “Also in the North Campus we have completed the appointments for Botany, Zoology, Environment and many others. Now, we are planning the Department of Commerce”, he added.

When asked if students have faced any problems due to vacant posts of permanent faculty, Gupta said, “As per my knowledge, so far, we have not had any such problems.”

Gupta said that they make alternative arrangements so that students do not face any problem. “If it is not permanent (teaching staff), there are ad-hoc faculty members. And if they are not even available, there are guest teachers. There are different types of teachers who are always available with us to teach,” he added.

Prof. Najma Akhtar, Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Milia Islamia, said that selection committees for the appointment of permanent faculty members are constantly working. “Even if a teacher retires, who will teach his students? [That is why] every day we maintain between 10 and 20 contractual teachers according to the rules. None of the departments have any problem with teaching because the contract teachers are equally qualified,” he said.

Akhtar also said that although all classrooms are always full, there is a requirement for more classrooms. “In fact, we have some difficulties (as we need more classrooms and there are not enough buildings),” he said.

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