Over 6000 Faculty Posts Lying Vacant in IITs and NITs – While speaking before the Lok Sabha on Monday, Union Human Resources Development Minister Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ informed the lower house that over 6000 faculty posts are currently lying vacant in 23 Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and 31 National Institute of Technology (NIT) across the country.
In a written reply, the minister stated that presently the IITs have a sanctioned faculty strength of 8856. Out of this, 6043 position are occupied and 2813 positions are still lying vacant. Out of these 6043 occupied positions for faculties, 149 posts were held by Scheduled Categories (SC) Professors while 21 were being held by Scheduled tribe (ST) Professors.
The non faculty strength in the IITs have a sanctioned strength of 9465. Out of these, the no of posts reserved for SCs are 1125 and 520 for STs. Currently, SC category candidates are holding 888 such posts while 275 such posts are being held by STs. All the IITs have maintained the reservation roster according to the rules.
Similarly, the National Institute of technology has a sanctioned faculty strength of 8613. Out of these, currently only 3817 posts are occupied. The Minister also added that the govt has requested all these premier engineering institutes to conduct the special recruitment drives in order to fill these vacant posts soon.
He stated that the occurrence of such vacancy and the process of filling them is a continuous process. The onus to fill these posts lies with the respective IITs and NITs. These institutes are autonomous bodies under the Act of parliament. The government has requested them to take adequate steps to fill these vacancies at the earliest.