As many as 102 scholars, 45 per cent of whom are from overseas, have been appointed to faculty positions in scientific disciplines in institutes in the country under an UGC initiative. They were appointed under the faculty recharge programme which envisages recruitment at national level of highly- motivated faculty working overseas, with flair for research in inter-disciplinary and frontier areas of science. The programme envisages 1,000 faculty to be inducted over a period of five years. The appointment of the new faculties was released by HRD Minister Smriti Irani on May 28, 2015. Also Read - UPSC Recruitment 2021: Applications Invited for Various Posts, Here's How You Can Apply

“A significant facet of this exercise relate to the number of successful women candidates (23 per cent) and overseas candidates (45 per cent). The present initiative is in conformity with the vision of the HRM to promote the concept of Teach in India”, said an UGC statement. The candidates selected have to their credit rich contributions in critical areas of research in the domain of physics, mathematical sciences, chemical sciences, biological sciences, engineering sciences and earth sciences. Also Read - Beyond The Call Of Duty: Police Station in Aurangabad Holds English Classes For Slum Children

“This initiative is going to give a fillip to quality teaching and research in the university system, both Central and State, at a time when we have severe shortage of teaching faculty,” the statement said. The programme provides a vehicle to plough back talent, as a reversal of brain drain, into the country in the hope that they will bring into our higher education system a rich culture of new thoughts and ideas for cross fertilization of the same in our system, it said. Also Read - Operation Smile: Indore Cop Turns Teacher For Slum Children Who Couldn't Attend Online Classes Due to Pandemic

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