There is a need for 1,200 new teacher posts and 250 non-teaching ones to tide over the staff shortage in aided colleges in the State, Higher Education Minister K.T. Jaleel has said.
Dr. Jaleel was speaking at an event here on Tuesday where funds sanctioned under the second phase of the Rashtriya Uchathar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) for government, aided and autonomous colleges in the State were distributed to 124 institutions. He said half of the posts would be created this fiscal and the rest during the next fiscal, he said, adding the Finance Department had accorded consent for the move. Inaugurating the fund distribution, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan urged higher education institutions to address their existing inadequacies to either obtain or improve their NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council) grading.
Only six out of the 13 State universities were currently accredited, he said. Efforts must also be made to achieve greater funding through RUSA.
The scheme had enabled both Mahatma Gandhi University and the Cochin University of Science and Technology, which were granted ₹20 crore each during the first phase of funding, to receive ₹50 crore each in the second phase as an incentive for good performance.
Mr. Vijayan said the government had implemented various schemes that enabled teachers and students to constantly improve. These included the mental health support scheme ‘Jeevani’ for students, an overhaul of library facilities in colleges, and the ongoing teachers’ training programme being implemented by the Kerala State Higher Education Council (KSHEC).
The beneficiaries of the second phase of RUSA funding of ₹370 crore included two universities, 10 government, 106 aided, five autonomous colleges, and a model degree college in Wayanad.
Only six universities, 21 government colleges, and an academic staff college were sanctioned funds, amounting to ₹180 crore, during the initial phase.