BHUBANESWAR: The faculty crunch in Government engineering colleges is all set to be resolved with Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) undertaking a major drive for recruitment of teaching staff.
Sources said the entire process will be completed before the academic session 2014-15 commences by September-end.
The State Government recently sanctioned 17 posts of professor, 23 posts of associate professor and 28 posts of assistant professor for CET, Bhubaneswar. For Government College of Engineering, Kalahandi, seven posts of professor, 12 posts of associate professor and 31 posts of assistant professor have been sanctioned. Government College of Engineering, Keonjhar has been sanctioned six posts of professor, 10 posts of associate professor and 28 posts of assistant professor.
Seven posts of professor, nine posts of associate professor and 28 posts of assistant professor will be filled up in Parala Maharaja Engineering College, Berhampur. A few teaching staff will also be recruited for MTech courses offered by BPUT on its campus at Rourkela.
Sources said more than 3,800 applications have been received against 225 positions. Lowest number of applications has been received for courses like Architecture and Textile Engineering. Maximum applications have been received for Electrical Engineering and Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering courses.
A senior BPUT official said in case they do not get qualified candidates for any position, another round of recruitment will be conducted. But the quality of teaching staff will not be compromised. After recruitment for teaching staff is completed, recruitment of non-teaching staff will be conducted immediately. More than 100 non-teaching staff will be recruited for the colleges.
The Government engineering colleges have been grappling with faculty crunch for quite sometime now. With growing student strength in the last one year, the need for additional manpower had become an urgent requirement.