Around 1,870 posts for principals are vacant across the 13 universities in state. Of these, approximately 250 vacancies are in colleges affiliated to the University of Mumbai.
The state has listed names of retired academicians, who could be appointed as principals after the University Grants Commission ordered it to set teachers’ retirement age at 65.
Retired principals will cost less to the exchequer as their pensions will be deducted from the fixed salaries. The vice-chancellors of all universities met government officials to update them on vacancies. Universities of Pune, Nagpur, Amravati and Marathwada have about 200 vacancies in colleges.
Mahesh Phatak, secretary of higher and technical education said, “About 1,700 vacancies are in permanently unaided colleges and 170 in government aided colleges.”