Over 4,400 Faculty Vacancies in IITs Filled, Backlog Through Special Recruitment: Minister

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Posted on February 6, 2024


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As many as 4,440 faculty vacancies of Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), and Other Backward Class (OBC) have been filled under the mission mode of the recruitment drive for the Central Higher Educational Institutions (CHEIs), including the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), according to the Minister of State for Education Subhas Sarkar in a written response to an unstarred question of the Lok Sabha.

The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are autonomous bodies governed by the Institutes of Technology Act, 1961 as amended from time to time, and the statutes framed thereunder, Sarkar said in response to a question in the Lok Sabha regarding whether the reservation rosters are prepared by each IIT for direct recruitment to each teaching faculty cadre. IITs are required to abide by the DoPT’s roster preparation guidelines as well as the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers’ Cadre) Act, 2019. IITs publish rolling job ads for faculty positions, which are available to all applicants who meet the requirements for experience and qualifications all year long.

Sharing data, Sarkar added that more than 4,440 faculty positions for the SC, ST, and OBC categories have been filled as a result of the mission-mode recruitment drive that the Central Higher Educational Institutions (CHEIs), which includes IITs, undertook.

Sarkar mentioned that there are always openings and that the process of filling them is ongoing. The positions become available as a result of resignations, retirements, and increased demand brought on by a larger student body. The minister stated that all CHEIs, including IITs, have been directed to use special recruitment drives for SC/ST/OBC categories to fill the backlog of openings.