A year after it put out an advertisement calling for applications, 37 of 93 positions of assistant professors at Panjab University continue to remain vacant, even as the deadline for recruitment process draws near. The advertisement is valid only up to December 23 following PU will have to make a fresh call for applications.
Last year, PU had invited applications for the posts of assistant professors in various subjects such as biophysics, botany, English and cultural studies, economics, geology, history, mathematics, physics, philosophy, sociology and Urdu. The advertisement set a deadline for December 24 for sending in applications.
However, with less than a month to go before the advertisement’s validity lapses, PU is yet to complete the recruitment process for 56 positions.
On September 19, 1997, PU syndicate had decided that the validity of an advertisement for posts would be one year from the deadline set for receiving applications.
PU has failed to fill its posts teaching posts within the stipulated period on several occasions in the past five years. As a result, several posts are still vacant, exacerbating the varsity’s staff shortage.
Taking note of various posts lying vacant from the past several years, Punjab and Haryana high court had directed PU to expedite its recruitment process earlier this year.
PU registrar Col GS Chadha (retd) cited administrative reasons for being unable to complete its recruitment process.
“Recruitment process goes through different stages, which consumes lot of time,” said Chadha, adding that PU is committed to fill up its vacant posts.
The varsity has now decided to approach the syndicate to seek an extension on the advertisement’s validity. PU syndicate will discuss the issue in a meeting scheduled to be held on November 22.
Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA) president Rajat Sandhir said the varsity faces an acute shortage of senior teaching staff.
“There is an urgent need to hire new faculty at earliest. Authorities must expedite the recruitment process,” he said.