Over 10,000 professor jobs at central institutions, Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), and Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) are empty, education minister Dharmendra Pradhan said Parliament on Wednesday.
The minister stated in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha that of the total 10,814 vacancies, 6,535 are in central universities including IGNOU, 403 are in IIMs, and 3,876 are in IITs.
According to data published by the Ministry of Education in 2019, the country had 8,856 teaching positions across 23 IITs, with 2,813 of them empty. According to the minister, the number of available positions has now increased to 3,876.
The government informed the Rajya Sabha that there are 403 vacant positions among the 1,148 sanctioned faculty in the 20 IIMs. However, according to data given by the education ministry earlier this year, roughly 74% of positions at IIMs were unfilled.
In a prior response to Parliament in 2019, the ministry stated that as of 1 April 2018, 5,606 teaching positions were empty out of a total of 17,092 sanctioned teaching positions in 40 core institutions.
The number of SC/ST and OBC professors at IITs and IIMs remains below the usual reservation policy, continuing the trend of the already existent ‘diversity deficit.’
The Constitution requires at least 15% of government employment to be filled by SCs, 7.5% by STs, and 27% by OBCs.
According to data given in Parliament, IIMs have only five ST professors, 27 SC professors, and 45 OBC faculty members.
It goes on to say that IITs only have 32 professors under the Scheduled Tribes category, 183 professors under the Schedule Caste category, and 462 professors under the OBC category.
There are 576 ST academics, 1,282 SC professors, and 1,648 OBC professors in core universities.