According to a report submitted by the Committee on Welfare of Other Backward Classes in Lok Sabha, over 40 per cent faculty posts for OBC in higher education institutions are lying vacant.
In the reply submitted to the committee, the HRD ministry writes, "There is vacancy to the extent of 40 percent of the aggregate teaching posts in central educational institutions in the country. In these institutions sufficient applications, fulfilling the required eligibility norms are not being received even if relaxation in standards are applied."
In the report submitted by the committee, the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and National Institutes of Technology (NITs) have apprised the government of non-availability of suitable candidates to fill up these posts.
Less than six per cent of teaching posts in the IITs reserved under the OBC category have been filled in the past eight years. Like the IITs, the NITs have also sited similar concerns.