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UGC launches common portal for faculty recruitment in central universities

The 'CU-Chayan' portal will enable universities to list vacancies and track applications. Applicant can search for jobs using filters like university name, subject, experience etc.

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New Delhi: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has launched a common portal called ‘CU-Chayan’ for streamlining the recruitment of faculty at central universities. 

In a statement issued Tuesday, UGC chairman M. Jagadesh Kumar said that the portal will be a common platform for all universities to list their vacancies and track recruitment. 

“The portal makes the recruitment process completely online starting from application to screening with alerts to all the users of the portal,” Kumar added. 

There are 56 central universities across the country.

While all future recruitments will take place through the portal, the vacancies that have already been advertised will be filled according to the existing policy, the UGC chairman said in his statement.

Currently, each institute conducts its individual faculty recruitment drive through advertisements in newspapers and online.

Even though recruitment will be done through the CU-Chayan portal, the chairman said that universities should continue to advertise through newspaper advertisements as well.

Kumar said the portal has been built after consultation with vice-chancellors of all central universities and their feedback has been included in the making of the portal. 

Portal’s key features

Some key features of the portal are — single applicant login for applying to any/all central universities, real-time tracking of application, personalised dashboard for each applicant, and configurable advertisement rules for universities, Kumar said in the statement.

The portal also has an admin dashboard for each university and department, real-time analysis and insights into the application process, and online feedback of applicants. 

“It also enables a completely online process including payment gateways, from initial application to screening, and includes built-in email communication tools and online feedback and reference options for referees (who refer a faculty member),” he said.

The applicant can also search for jobs using various filters like university name, location, designation, category, subject, type of employment, experience, education level, etc, Kumar said. 

He added that the screening committee of a university — the expert body that selects the candidates — can view details of the applicants, points/research scores given by the system (committee members), and check the uploaded document against each entry. Points and comments of the screening committee can also be recorded in the portal.

(Edited by Anumeha Saxena)

Also Read: ‘Budget constraints, low-quality candidates’: Why Indian universities are facing faculty shortage


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