More than 40% of teaching positions in all 23 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are empty


Posted on 10 February 2022


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According to data released by the Ministry of Education in response to a query submitted by Congress member Shashi Tharoor in the Lok Sabha, over 40% of teaching positions in all 23 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are empty. According to the data, there are 4,370 vacant teaching faculty positions in the IITs, despite the fact that there are 6,511 teaching faculty in the IITs. The Ministry did not publish a breakdown of faculty strength by category. However, according to an earlier response from December 2021, there were just 32 faculty members from the ST, 183 from the SC, and 462 from the OBC community. SCs, STs, OBCs, and EWS should be given a quota of 7.5 percent, 15 percent, 27 percent, and 10%, respectively, according to reservation policies. This means that at least 59.5 percent of the faculty should come from reserved groups. IIT (Indian School of Mines) Dhanbad has the most unfilled positions among the older and larger IITs, with 57.2 percent, followed by 53.4 percent at IIT Kharagpur. IIT Delhi was an outlier, with only 9.4 percent of positions unfilled.


Key Points

  • According to data released by the Ministry of Education in response to a query submitted by Congress member Shashi Tharoor in the Lok Sabha, over 40% of teaching positions in all 23 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are empty.

  • According to the data, there are 4,370 vacant teaching faculty positions in the IITs, despite the fact that there are 6,511 teaching faculty in the IITs.