More and more students wishing to pursue their doctorates at Hyderabad’s Osmania University are returning disappointed. With the university’s decreasing number of faculty members, as many as 200 PhD seats have been slashed.
Sources have informed that despite around 50 faculty members retiring from Osmania University every year, fresh hands are not being recruited. Sixty more professors would be retiring in the next academic year. The staff shortage has become a threat to the university’s PhD admissions.
The Telangana State Federation of University Teachers Association (TSFUTA) has said that the number of PhD seats have been reduced by 200. Sources say that the number of seats may drop further, if such a situation continues.
The president of TSFUTA, Battu Satyanaraya, stated that 50 per cent of the total number of teaching posts at OU is lying vacant. There are only 600 regular faculty members against the 1,200 sanctioned posts. They are involved in research work themselves, apart from guiding multiple PhD students.
The university registrar, Professor E Suresh Kumar, told telenganaonline news portal, “We are planning to announce the admission notification next month. We are hoping that the process will be completed soon.”
Kumar also informed that the state government had been contacted regarding the next conduction of the State Eligibility Test (SET), but there hasn’t been any response yet. On approval, the OU would be conducting the SET this year, as well.
News Courtesy: India Today