More than half of the faculty positions reserved for the OBCs in Central institutions of higher education are vacant while about 40% of those reserved for the Scheduled Castes and Tribes also remain unfilled.


  • The situation is particularly acute in the elite Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), where more than 60% of SC and OBC reserved positions are vacant, while almost 80% of positions reserved for the STs have not been filled.
  • This means that out of 24 positions reserved for the STs, only five have been filled. For the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), data has only been provided for non-faculty positions.
  • Both the IITs and the IIMs have been lobbying for exemption from such faculty quota requirements.

Assistant prof. Posts filled:

  • Within the Central Universities, vacancies were higher at the level of professors.
  • Of 709 assistant professor positions reserved for the STs at the 42 universities, more than 500 have been filled.
  • However, when it comes to professors, only nine have been filled of the 137 reserved for the ST candidates.
  • This means that 93% of these posts remain unfilled. Less than 1% of the 1,062 professors in Central universities are from the ST communities.
  • Similarly, 64% of the 2,206 assistant professor positions reserved for the OBCs have been filled in the Central Universities.
  • However, less than 5% of the 378 professor positions reserved for the OBCs have been filled.
  • “Now, after implementation of ‘The Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers’ Cadre) Act, 2019’, the OBC reservation has been implemented at all levels.
  • Ministry of Education and University Grants Commission continuously monitor vacancies, but put the final blame on universities themselves.
  • However, the onus of filling up the teaching posts lies on Central Universities, which are autonomous bodies created under Acts of Parliament.
  • In fact, in June 2019, University Grants Commission had written to all Universities, giving them a six month deadline to fill up their vacancies, and warning that grants would be withheld if its directions were violated.
  • According to the data presented in the Lok Sabha on Monday, there are now 6,074 vacant positions at the 42 universities, of which 75% are in reserved categories.


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