Parl panel concerned over shortage of teachers

Voicing concern over the non-availability of required faculty in higher educational institutes, a Parliamentary panel has stressed the need for paying maximum attention to meet this shortfall while setting up such new institutes.

New Delhi: Voicing concern over the
non-availability of required faculty in higher educational
institutes, a Parliamentary panel has stressed the need for
"paying maximum attention" to meet this shortfall while
setting up such new institutes.

"With the massive expansion of higher education, both
in government and private sector and along with new
specialised courses, acute shortage of qualified teachers is
showing an increasingly disturbing trend.

"In such a scenario, the committee strongly feels that
while setting up of new higher educational institutes like
IISERs and NITs, this crucial area (teacher shortage) needs to
be paid maximum attention," the Parliamentary Standing
Committee on HRD said in its report tabled in Rajya Sabha.

The committee, headed by Oscar Fernandes, also
expressed its doubt about the faculty status at the existing
NITs and suggested that the government should adopt a
"coordinated approach" for filling the "tangible gaps" in the
availability of faculty.

At the same time, it appreciated the present level of
faculty available in the new Indian Institutions of Science
Education and Research (IISER) and emphasised that the trend
not only needs to be sustained but also strengthened to keep
pace with the requirement of these institutes.

The panel, however, raised certain concerns over the
eligibility criteria for getting admission to IISERs while
demanding review of the enrolment policies.

As per IISER rules, admission to five-year integrated
courses is open to those who qualify in IIT-JEE or have to be
among the top one per cent of the Class XII CBSE board exams
or should have qualified in Kishore Vaigyanic Protswahan
Yojana.

The committee noted it was not aware about any quota
being prescribed for the three different eligibility criteria.

"The committee fails to understand as to what would be
the mechanism for deciding the admission of number of students
qualifying (as per) the different criteria. The committee also
has its reservation about the performance level in CBSE boards
and other boards having varying standards being fixed as the
eligibility criteria," it said.

PTI