29 Chairman Posts In IITs and NITs Vacant: Education Minister

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New Delhi: In a written reply to a query in the Lok Sabha, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that eight posts of Chairman in IITs and 21 in NITs are currently vacant. Besides this, five positions each of Directors in IITs and NITs are lying vacant, the minister said.

Lok Sabha MPs Vijay Baghel and Sumedhanand Saraswati inquired about the vacancies in IITs and NITs and asked the education minister whether any time frame had been given for filling these vacancies. “If there is a time limit fixed, the details must be provided, and if the time frame is not set, it should tell the reasons for it,” the Parliamentarians questioned.

Pradhan said in his reply that the nomination and selection of chairperson and other posts in these educational institutions is a continuous process, reported news agency IANS.

Two members of Parliament — M Selvaraj and PR Natarajan — asked on the floor whether it is true that the Centre is in the implementation process of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 with a three-language formula in educational institutions in the country.

“The three-language formula will continue to be implemented keeping in mind the constitutional provisions, the aspirations and needs of the people, regions and the union. Promotion of multilingualism along with national integration has been promoted. However, there will be more flexibility in the three-language formula and no language will be imposed on any state across the country,” Pradhan replied.

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