Bhubaneswar, Aug 10
To overcome the problem of acute shortage of teaching staff in Odisha’s colleges and universities due to non-availability of National Eligibility Test (NET) qualified candidates, the state government is planning to conduct its own examination for recruiting college teachers.
The state’s Higher Education department has sought permission from the University Grants Commission (UGC) to conduct a State Level Eligibility Test (SLET) for recruitment of teaching staff as is done in many other states. The department has written a letter to the UGC in this connection.
As per UGC rules, it is mandatory for a candidate to qualify the NET/SLET to be eligible for the job of a lecturer. The Higher Education Department is of the view that since only two to three percent of candidates make it past the NET, the government is finding it difficult to fill up vacancies.
As many as 824 lecturers’ posts are lying vacant in 97 government colleges of the state while various universities have a shortage of over 250 teachers, according to Higher Education department records.