UGC directs HEIs to fill vacant posts within 6 months – University Grants Commission (UGC) has been very active recently for maintaining standards of education in Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs). Now, UGC has given the 6 months deadline to fill all the vacancies in all colleges, universities and deemed institutions. University Grants Commission (UGC) along with the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) will monitor every step of the recruitment process.
On Tuesday, UGC issued revised guidelines for filling of more than 2 lakh vacant posts. The notification read, “Shortage of quality faculty in HEIs is one of the major issues confronting the higher education system of India. HEIs now should ensure that all the vacant posts should be uploaded to the National Higher Education Research center portal i.e. https://nherc.in along with the reservation guidelines. The monitoring of filling up of vacancies will be done by MHRD and UGC through the portal.
UGC looks after 900 universities and more than 40000 colleges throughout the country. Moreover, at least 5000 seats are vacant in 48 central universities only. The UGC issued the guidelines to all the colleges, universities and deemed to be universities with the warning that in case the HEI is not able to adhere to the guidelines, the recognition of UGC from the respective institute will be withheld.
According to the guidelines, the institute is required to identify the vacant posts within 15 days and upload the same on NHERC portal by 20th of June and the competent authority is required to approve the vacancies simultaneously. Then, the vacancies must be advertised within the time span of 15 days thereafter. The whole process of identification and advertisement of vacancies should be completed in 60 days period. Moreover, the institutions are required to constitute a selection committee in the meantime.
Within 4 months, the application received must be scrutinized by the selection committee and short listing of candidates should be done in accordance with the eligibility criteria.
UGC has asked the institutes to conduct the interviews by the month of October 2019 and get the required approval to send the appointment letters from the competent authority.
By the end of sixth months, the joining letters must be sent to the selected candidates and the same must be uploaded on the NHERC portal.
Filling up of these vacancies had been stuck for a long time and therefore, UGC issued such strict guidelines.
Furthermore, the notification said, “Violations of the guidelines may lead to appropriate action by the UGC against the institution including withholding the grants”.