LAHORE - The higher education wing of the Punjab education department has finalised a plan to overcome the shortage of college teachers before the start of coming session 2010-11 from September next. For this purpose over 2,000 vacant posts of professors, associate professors and assistant professors in almost 29 subjects of arts and science have been identified and rapidly being filled. A process of direct recruitment to these posts has also started. The posts of professors and associate professors through Public Service Commission were advertised last month while the posts of assistant professors have also been publicised recently. According to the plan candidates for some 742 posts of male assistant professors and 529 female assistant professors in various subjects would be recruited. This will follow the recruitment of lecturers. The highest number of assistant professors vacant posts, 102, are in the subject of English, 10 in Journalism, 83 in Physics, 74 in Chemistry, 46 in Economics, 47 in Computer Science and only three each in Arabic and Punjabi. Among the female assistant professors, the highest 115 vacant posts are lying in the subject of English, nine in Journalism, 22 in Chemistry and 47 in Computer Science. The massive recruitment is being made after a lapse of almost 10 years when a good number of teachers were recruited in the year 2,000. The assistant professors in Computer Science are being recruited for the first time wherein PhD required in the subject are not beyond a few persons in Computer Science & IT in the country. However, in case of non-PhDs, persons with M Phil along with five years and MA, MSc, with seven years experience are eligible to apply for the said post. The higher education wing has meanwhile completed the process of recruitment of 1,795 personnel in IT and Computer Science for capacity building of teachers and staff and E-governance. Secretary Higher Education Ahad Cheema himself supervised the process of tests and interviews. The secretary said as many as 2,603 lecturers were posted in the colleges last year while the services of contract lecturers were also regularised. In addition college teachers internees (CTIs) have also been posted to strengthen the pedagogy. He said the quality of education at higher level could not be improved without removing the shortage of teachers, which was grossly neglected in the past. He said the monitoring and evaluation of colleges to ascertain the punctuality of teachers and students in the classes had also proved fruitful.