Universities have 4,000 vacant faculty positions: NLU

India utterly failed to establish linkages between universities and institutions of higher learning on the one hand and industry on the other

May 05, 2014 3:46 IST | India Infoline News Service
Handful of reputed universities and institutions devoted to undertake research and promote innovations and higher skills have unfulfilled faculty positions to an extent numbering 4,000 across the country and no attempts being initiated by policy makers to fill in the revealed positions due to glaring apathy and reluctance on their part alleged, Prof. Ranbir Singh, Vice-Chancellor, National Law University, Delhi & Vice President, SAARC Law (India) Chapter.
The Indian higher education system despite being in domain of liberalized economy and intense global integration for over 20 years hardly encourage research and inculcate and impart innovations and skills because even in 21st century, it still moved with mindsets of 20th century and systems evolved in 19th century, added Prof. Singh.
Delivering his inaugural address on a Workshop on citation analysis, impact factor, patent and copyrights for maximizing research impact organized by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry here today, he said that India utterly failed to establish linkages between universities and institutions of higher learning on the one hand and industry on the other.  On issues relating to citation analysis, impact factor, patent and copyrights, the Ministry of Human Resources, University Grants Commission (UGC), universities and institutions of higher learning have not been able to layout a road map to put in place specialized courses to teach these significant economic and legal issues aligned with other law courses for their students despite over 20 years of India’s economic liberalization history, added Prof. Singh.
It was because of these reasons, India would continue to confront with the non-availability of well equipped professionally qualified faculties in handful of its leading universities and institutions of learning and provide for excuses to policy makers not to make serious attempt to fill in the estimated number of 4,000 faculty positions in them, pointed out Prof. Singh.
He suggested that so long as joint ventures are encouraged between law & science courses and the on going systems regulating and governing Indian higher education are replaced with modern approach of teaching, India would stay backward to provide for intellectual properties suitable to progress for modern times and largely continue its dependence on imported knowledge.
In his address Prof. Vinay Shil Gautam, a well known educationist and currently Senior Advisor, KPMG said that as long as Indian political leadership go on enlarging its reservations basket with the competing spirit, it would  not be able to institutionalize its intellectual properties and the chaotic education system would exist. 
He prescribed a one point strategy suggesting that India urgently needed to develop allergy for the chaos it created over the years to progress both economically and physically and propagate innovations, skills and research.
The Education Committee of PHD Chamber Co-Chairmen Dr. Pankaj Gupta and Dr. Rubina Mittal also participated in the Workshop concurring with Prof. Singh and Prof. Gautam thatIndia needed a system and culture that can prescribe for its further economic growth.

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