Departments of the University of Pune like Psychology, Philosophy situated on campus can heave a sigh of relief after having suffered 50 per cent shortage of teaching staff for the past three years. The university has planned a recruitment drive to fill in posts.
To fill up the dearth of teachers across all departments, the University of Pune (UoP) has finally initiated recruitment to fill 114 posts of professor, associate professor and assistant professor. UoP has not seen such a massive employment drive since 2010.
The Psychology department is the worst affected due to the shortage of teachers. Since the last two years including the head of the department only two permanent faculties are working with the department.
B R Shejwal, HoD of Psychology department, said, “We have eight permanent teaching posts approved by the government but as there was no recruitment for three years and some teachers even retired during the period. Currently we have only two people running the department.”
The Philosophy department also has a shortage of 50 per cent posts. Out of the 12 government-approved posts six are vacant. According to sources some staff are also retiring soon. That’s why the upcoming recruitment is must for the department.
In the Anthropology department out of eight approved posts three are lying vacant. “The varsity has advertised for all three vacant posts. So the upcoming recruitment will fill all the vacancies,” said Anjali Kurne, HoD of Anthropology.
“We have given out advertisements to fill in 33 posts of professors, 39 associate professors and 42 assistant professors in various departments situated on the campus,” said Dr Narendra Kadu, registrar of UoP.
“Adequate teaching staff is the basic requirement to run any educational department. Given the dearth of teachers students suffer a lot. The departments belonging to the Arts stream are most neglected in the UoP. I have argued with top authorities for the appointment of new teachers several times. Finally, the varsity has initiated the much needed recruitment drive,” said a senior professor on the condition of anonymity.
The University of Pune did not initiate the recruitment drive earlier for several reasons.
One of the main reasons was the registrar’s post was lying vacant for over six months.
It is the responsibility of registrar to ensure that varsity’s departments are running with full strength.
“I took charge just a couple of months ago. On priority basis I have initiated the recruitment process of both teaching and non-teaching staff,” said Kadu.
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