Chairman of Agricultural Scientists' Recruitment Board, Gurbachan Singh, has expressed concern over 'inbreeding of faculty in state agriculture universities (SAUs).
He was addressing students and teachers at Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University, Palampur, on Friday.
“Many of the faculty members avoid moving out of their 'comfort zones'. They serve and retire from the same institution, which is not a healthy sign for the varsities and the country. There was need to take bold decisions on this issue,” he added.
Singh said that ASRB was making efforts to invite talent from all over the world and process to conduct national eligibility test (NET) and other examinations 'online' was almost complete.
He said that ASRB was conducting recruitment of staff from the level of junior scientists to deputy director generals for around 300 institutes, which include around 100 institutes of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and All India Coordinated Research Projects.
“Even vice-chancellors of some of the national institutes and universities are selected by the ASRB,” he said.
He said that there was no compromise on the quality of recruitment and some of the positions were lying vacant in ICAR due to this reason only. He exhorted the scientists to concentrate on their chosen research area to achieve major breakthroughs.
Expressing concern over the poor state of finances in many of SAUs, Singh said the state governments concerned should accord top priority to the agriculture sector by providing them adequate grants.
Later, he interacted with the students and staff to elicit feedback on the working of ASRB. He promised to look into the issues raised by the students. Statutory officers, faculty and students from the constituent colleges attended the programme.