New Delhi: The IITs plan suitable strategies to attract and retain quality faculty members, this was stated by MoS HRD Dr. Shashi Tharoor. To achieve this, IITs will do year-round open advertisements, holding of selection committee meetings through video conferencing, invitation to alumni, scientists, faculty from India and abroad to reach out to potential candidates, advertisements in international journals to attract the attention of professionals abroad, and introducing young faculty award, etc. Further, Government has decided to allow faculty working under the Central Government or Central Autonomous Bodies, to join the newly set up Central Education Institutes on long-term deputation, for a period of 10-years. The institutes are also free to appoint Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) to permanent faculty position.
Approximately 42% faculty positions in the IITs and almost half in NITs are vacant, respectively. There are 16 IITs and 30 NITs in the country at present. To mitigate current shortages, these institutes are engaging faculty on contract and visiting faculty. The main reason for these shortages, is that while the minimum qualification for faculty recruitment in these institutes is a Ph.D, many of the students after completion of their B.Tech/ M.Tech programmes, get placements in companies/ corporations and do not opt for the teaching profession.
The MoS for Human Resource Development informed the Rajya Sabha in a written reply on Friday.