Even as the State government is aiming to make 52 new Degree Colleges functional across Jammu and Kashmir, but the universities in the state and colleges affiliated to them are facing shortage of teaching staff.
“The colleges and universities are facing shortage of at least 14 percent teaching staff,” an official source said.
“A total of 1261 posts of teaching staff are lying vacant in different colleges and universities of Jammu and Kashmir. The total sanctioned strength of teaching staff across the state for colleges and universities 8776 but presently there are 7515 in position,” he said.
“These posts are lying in vacant in colleges especially in the far flung areas. However, the Colleges in urban areas of the state have better strength as compared to colleges in far flung areas,” he added.
“A total of 53 posts of teaching staff are lying vacant in Central University Jammu. The vacant post include 15 posts of professor or equivalent, 36 post of professor and 2 posts of Associate professor. The Central University has total sanctioned of 158 posts of teaching staff but in position there are only 104,” he added.
Similarly, there are 47 posts of teaching staff lying vacant in Central University of Kashmir. The vacant post includes 9 posts of professor and 38 posts of Associate professors. However, the central University of Kashmir has recruited 4 additional professors and recruited 16 more Assistants professors against the sanctioned strength of 91 for the post.
“Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Science & Technology, Jammu (SKUAST-J) has sanctioned strength of 237 for teaching posts but the 76 posts are lying vacant. The vacant post include 7 posts of professor, 28 posts of Associate professor and 41 posts of assistant professor,” he said.
“Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Science & Technology, Srinagar (SKUAST-S) has total strength of teaching staff is 119, which is also less against the sanctioned posts,” he said.
“Gandhi Memorial Science College, Jammu has shortage of 8 assistant professors while there is no vacant post in Government MAM PG College, Jammu. Similarly, the universities of Jammu as well as Kashmir have no vacant posts,” he said.
Giving details about far flung colleges, he said “Government Degree College (GDC) Kathua has 23 posts of teaching staff lying vacant. Similarly, GDC for women in Kathua is facing shortage of 15 professors as well as assistant professors.”
He added that the condition is same in the other far flung colleges.
Pertinent to mention that the State Government has sanctioned 52 new Degree Colleges to be established in various parts of Jammu and Kashmir with the instruction that the same may be made functional from the session 2019-2020. While 26 colleges are being established in Jammu province, the same numbers of institutions have been sanctioned for Kashmir Valley.