Education News: The university of Madras is facing awful shortage in terms of Human resources and potential devaluation of research and academic is due to the 56% of vacant spaces in faculty positions.
Devoid the sanctioned strength many of the departments are on margin of losing the additional fund from University Grants Commission.
The data shows that there are 14 departments who had more than 70% of their authorized post vacant and at least there are seven departments which doesn’t consists of full-time faculty member.
There are some department which has been listed and felt shortage for faculty members, the three centers of advanced study (CAS) in Botany, Biophysics, Mathematics and Crystallography which is granted by the University grants commission (UGC) are at risk of losing the departments due to the minimum shortage in strength of the faculty in them.
The analysis of data by National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) showed that the 50% of the professor are roughly in the age group of 56 and above, if the vacancies are not to be fulfilled in the future then the department will be closed.
Former head of CAS in Biophysics and Crystallography and former university syndicate member, said the risk of losing CAS recognition by UGC was real. “We already lost it for the Department of Philosophy in the past,” he said.
In August, the vice – chancellor took the charge and said he was studying the issue to explore possible options to address it.
Inputs from The Hindu