Punjab News 528 vacant posts of teacher at PAU


Prime VIP
Ludhiana, June 24

As many as 528 posts of various categories of teacher are lying vacant at Punjab Agricultural University, thanks to the financial crisis being faced by the university. Among the vacant posts, 66 are that of professor, 122 associate professor and 340 of assistant professor. The total sanctioned strength of teachers at the university is 1,338 while 810 teachers are on the rolls.

The information has been sent to the Chief Minister, Punjab, who has asked the university authorities about the vacant posts lying in the university.

The Department of Plant Breeding, which is the most important research department, has 55 vacant posts against the sanctioned strength of 95 teachers. Similarly, the Agronomy Department has 22 vacant posts, the Department of Economics has 29 posts vacant, the Department of Soils 26 and the Department of Plant Pathology 20 vacant posts. The Department of Farm Power and Machinery has 26 vacant posts. A number of posts of teacher are lying vacant at the regional research stations of the university at different places in the state. Owing to the large number of vacancies, the research work of the university has been suffering.

Dr Manjit Singh Kang, Vice-Chancellor, told The Tribune, “Basically the problem is of finance and technology comes from research. If there is no research, there will be no technology.”

Dr Kang pointed out that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, while addressing a function at Pantnagar Agricultural University, said the food security was in danger and there was need to double the foodgrain production to meet the rising demand in the country. “We need to have personnel to repeat the Green Revolution and the kind of strength which we had at that time. The population has doubled and the strength of the faculty has gone down by half.”

The Chief Minister has also sought information regarding the financial needs of the university. Accordingly, the authorities have informed the Chief Minister that the university needs Rs 167.50 crore under the state-funded schemes during 2010-2011. The Punjab government has sanctioned Rs 105 crore under the state plan as annual grant and Rs 15 crore as non-plan.