New Delhi: Working on the recommendations of a committee headed by former Director of IIT-Mumbai Prof MM Sharma, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has taken another stride in addressing the acute shortage in Science and Technology faculty.

In view of selection of teachers and to encourage research work, the Commission has started an online Faculty Recharge Programme. Under this, selection process of faculty will be conducted throughout the year.

During a UGC programme on Thursday, Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Kapil Sibal launched a web portal exclusively under the plan.

“We are facing acute shortage of Science and Technology teachers. We will require around 20, 000 teachers in coming years,” said Sibal.

UGC has set a target of appointing 10, 000 teachers who can also conduct research side-by-side. In the initial stage, 200 teachers which will include posts like assistant professors, associate professors and professors will be recruited. These teachers will stress on research projects.

Although the selection process will continue round the year, but dates of cut-off list will be out on March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31.

To solve the shortage problem, former director IIT-Mumbai Prof MM Sharma has formed a committee in this regard. Under the scheme, foreigners of Indian origin, who do not have foreign citizenship, can also apply for faculty positions.

Every person will have to submit a research project while applying for teaching faculty. The selected candidates will have comparitively less teaching hours than normal. In order to differentiate between these teachers, UGC will be mentioned before their post.

Inorder to get an institution of their coice, candidates will have to sign an approval letter with UGC.

JPN/Bureau