Over 5.5 lakh of the 33.08 lakh sanctioned posts of primary teachers in government schools across the country are vacant, Rajya Sabha was informed today. HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, in a written reply to a question on primary education, told the House that 5.56 lakh or 16.82 per cent of the total sanctioned posts in schools across states and union territories were vacant as on March 31.
Replying to another question, he gave details as per which out of 16,823 sanctioned teaching posts (2,386 professors, 4,747 associate professors and 9,690 assistant professors) in various central universities under University Grants Commission (UGC), 5,983 posts were vacant. Among the vacancies as on June 30 are posts of 1,284 professors, 2,185 associate professors and 2,514 assistant professors. The HRD minister also said that out of 454 total teaching posts in Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), 175 were vacant as on February 29.