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IITs face 37% faculty shortage: Study

Education NewsAccording to the data compiled by the ministry of human resources development in September 2014, only IIT-Gandhinagar has 99% of the sanctioned faculty members working. The 16 IITs in the country have 4,308 faculty members against the sanctioned strength of 6,944. IIT-Kharagpur, long considered an ace, reports a 46% shortage. The overall student-faculty ratio stands at 16:1.

As part of its election promise, the BJP had planned to establish IITs, IIITs and NITs across the country. In November, the NDA government announced setting up of IITs in Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Chhattisgarh and Jammu. Before moving ahead with the plan, the government needs to tackle the faculty shortage immediately.

Going by the faculty matrix in the existing IITs, the Union government will need 100 faculty members per 1,000 students in the new institutes. Assuming each of the five new institutes gets about 200 students, and then the government has to hire 100 faculty members.

Source: The Times of India

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