As per the Madras University findings, 30% of faculty members employed in 90 affiliated colleges are not qualified under the UGC norms.
The University has asked all of them to qualified either the (NET) National Eligibility Test or State Eligibility Test (SET) to be in service.
“As per the recent court order, the university verified the qualifications of faculty members employed by the affiliated colleges. We found that out of 8,500 faculty members, 2,500 are not qualified a per UGC norms,” stated P Duraisamy, vice-chancellor of Madras University. additionally, the university has started a web portal to connect qualified candidates with colleges. “Principals have complained that they could not find qualified candidates. More than 8000 qualified candidates have registered in our portal within a few days. We will refer these candidates to affiliated colleges,” Duraisamy expressed.
Colleges are not ready to pay above Rs 10k a month.
Under UGC norms, candidates should have 55% in PG and clear NET or SET (earlier SLET) to be appointed as assistant professors. Candidate with PhDs in following with UGC rules 2009 is except NET or SET qualification.
“Many colleges within city limits are having qualified candidates. But, the situation is very bad on the outskirts. Some colleges even run courses with only postgraduates,”
One more professor stated that a college at Kancheepuram district gives just 7k per month salary to faculty members. “Even if that meager salary, they would deduct. 500 for college bus and 500 for food. Qualified candidates will not come for such a meager salary,” a professor also added.