Vacancies in teaching posts in Koraput central varsity may not be filled up soon | Bhubaneswar News

Koraput: The long wait of the Central University of Odisha to get its teaching posts filled up is going to be longer.
The picturesque varsity, situated in the lap of nature at Sunabeda in Koraput district, has the dubious distinction of being a university in the county to not have a professor.
The Centre-run university has only 17 full-time teachers — an associate professor and 16 assistant professors — for its 14 departments. The sanctioned teaching post strength is 154.
An inquiry revealed that in February 2017, the CUO had advertised for 65 posts of teaching staff and at least 4,000 applicants from across the country had applied for them.
However, quashing the earlier advertisement, the varsity invited applications for 81 teaching posts, including 14 posts of professors, 25 posts of associate professors and 42 posts of assistant professors, on August 2019 but no headway has taken place till now, said a teacher.
Eleven years since its establishment, the CUO has been brought down on its knees by the acute shortage of teaching staff. “But the authorities are not bothered about it,” said Jeypore MLA Tara Prasad Bahinipati.
The Congress legislator alleged that as last year the CUO’s issue was raised by Koraput MP Saptagiri Ulaka in Parliament and he had written to the Union HRD ministry to take necessary steps to fill up the vacant teaching posts, the varsity had advertised for posts to pacify activists, seeking filling up of posts.
Due to the staff shortage, the university has opened only 14 departments against the 20 it was sanctioned.
The varsity authorities said adequate steps have been taken to ensure that academic activities are not hampered and efforts are on to recruit adequate number of teaching staff.
“We have appointed 12 visiting professors from across the county and 20 guest faculties to ensure that quality of education is not hampered,” said newly-joined VC of CUO I Ramabrahmam.
“Steps are being taken to fill up the vacant teaching posts,” he added.
Ramabrahmam joined the CUO in December 2019 after the varsity ran for over nine months by an in-charge VC. The CUO was set up by an Act of Parliament on August 29, 2009.

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