Under the EWS quota, Allahabad University is having trouble filling a teacher post.

Allahabad University officials admit 170 new professors to pending faculty recruitment process . The university is trying to recruit professors and associate professors open to those from economically marginalized groups (EWS) The biggest obstacle they face are the EWS quota rules and the competencies required by candidates to apply for the positions .

PRAYAGRAJ: Even though Allahabad University (AU) officials have been able to admit approximately 170 new professors to the pending faculty recruitment process, they are finding it difficult to fill positions of professors and associate professors open to those from the economically marginalized groups (EWS).According to the varsity administration, the biggest obstacle they face are the EWS quota rules and the competencies required by candidates to apply for the positions.The annual income of an associate professor who wishes to be considered under the EWS quota should not exceed Rs 8 lakh per year, but must have previous experience in teaching assistant professor for eight years, according to the guidelines on minimum qualifications for selection of teachers in universities released by the University Grants Commission (UGC).The problem is that if the candidate teaches for eight years as an assistant professor, his annual salary effectively exceeds the set upper limit of Rs 8 lakh per annum, rendering him ineligible to be considered under the EWS system.

The same applies to the candidates vying for professorship roles.Here, too, an individual who works for ten years as an assistant or associate professor will typically receive more than Rs 8 lakh per annum.In the case of the United Arab Emirates, recruitment of teachers has been carried out in 11 fields.There were four professor positions in nine of these subjects that were subjected to an EWS cap, and they all remained vacant.

According to AU public relations officer Prof Jaya Kapoor, the AU is following UGC norms in terms of appointments and a specific reservation has been made under the reservation policy in all categories.