BHUBANESWAR: Posts of more than 1,000 teaching and non-teaching staff are vacant in technical universities and other educational institutions under the control of State Government.
Minister of State for Employment and Technical Education Sanjay Dasburma informed this to members in the Assembly in a written reply to a question from Dilip Ray (BJP).
As many as 23 posts of professor, reader and lecturer out of a sanctioned strength of 25 are vacant in Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT). Surprisingly, all 20 posts of professor and reader in the university are vacant. Only two regular posts of lecturer have been filled up.
Similarly, out of sanctioned 57 Class III and IV posts, 42 are vacant. A total of 67 posts in different cadres is lying vacant in the university.
A large number of posts in technical colleges affiliated to BPUT is also vacant.
Besides, 191 teacher and 89 non-teacher posts are yet to be filled up in College of Engineering and Technology (CET), Bhubaneswar; Parala Maharaja Engineering College (PMEC), Berhampur; The Institute of Management and Information Technology (IMIT) and Government engineering colleges in Kalahandi and Keonjhar.
Situation is more precarious in Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT). The Minister said 137 posts of teacher are vacant in the university which include 24 posts of professor, 57 associate professor and 56 assistant professor.
A total of 170 posts is yet to be filled up giving rise to allegations of step-motherly attitude of the State Government towards Western Odisha.
The Minister said 45 posts including 27 teachers are vacant in Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology (IGIT) at Sarang.
In Technical Education and Training Directorate, 55 posts are yet to be filled up while 24 of 32 principal posts are vacant in engineering schools and polytechnics run by the department.
Besides, 420 posts including teaching staff are vacant in engineering schools while the State Government is yet to fill up 10 principal posts in ITIs of the State. In the employment exchanges, 289 of 572 sanctioned posts are vacant.