SRINAGAR: Over sixty per cent of posts of teaching staff are lying vacant at the Central University of Kashmir (CUK), the information in this regard has been shared by the Central Public Information Officers of the University with Jammu-based RTI Activist Raman Sharma in reply to his online application dated 15/06/2023 under Right to Information Act.
In response to the query related to the strength status of teaching staff in the university, the Public Information Officer(PIO) of the university in his reply dated 12/July/2023 has informed that sanctioned strength of teaching positions in the university is 195 and the present strength of the teaching staff is 76. The RTI reply confirms that over 61 per cent of posts of teaching staff are lying vacant in the university as presently 119 posts of teachers are lying vacant in the CUK.
While giving detail about the non-teaching staff in CUK, the reply states that sanctioned strength of non-teaching positions in the university is 114, out of which 31 posts are lying vacant and as of date posted strength of non-teaching staff is 83.
While replying to the query of information seeker Raman Sharma about the steps being taken by the university to fill the vacant posts, the PIOs reply states that vacant positions of both teaching and non-teaching are put to advertisement.
It is pertinent to mention here that earlier in an RTI reply by the Central University of Jammu it has been revealed that almost 40 per cent of teaching posts are lying there in CUJ. RTI Activist Sharma also informed that a similar RTI application to know about the status of staff strength has also been submitted to the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Srinagar and their reply is awaited.