Over 1,200 IITs, NITs graduates to teach engineering students in poor districts

he Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar has recently announced that over 1,200 graduates from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and National Institutes of Technology (NITs) have been selected to teach at engineering colleges in poor districts.

As per reports, the graduates will teach in 53 state-run engineering colleges in backward areas across 11 states and Union Territories for three years.

HERE’S WHAT PRAKASH JAVADEKAR SAID:

“This is the first time such a measure has been taken to improve the quality of education in backward areas. With the initiative, more than one lakh engineering students in the most backward areas would be benefited with better quality of education,” said Prakash Javadekar.

 

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Further, each of the faculty will be paid Rs 70,000 per month with the government spending about Rs 375 crore for the move.

The HRD minister also said that up to 60 per cent of faculty strength was lying vacant in these colleges, which failed to attract qualified teachers.

“A public appeal was given to MTech and PhD students from the premier institutions to work in the backward areas and serve the nation. There was an overwhelming response to the call and more than 5,000 highly-qualified persons applied,” the minister added.

 

REASONS FOR THIS MOVE:

The initiative is a part of the Technical Education Quality Improvement Project (TEQIP-III) for improving the quality of engineering graduates at a cost of Rs 2,300 crore, to be implemented during the three-year period till 2020.

Furthermore, 86 per cent of 1,225 teachers were selected from premier institutions like IIT, NIT and IISERs and IIITs with 24 per cent of them holding PhDs.

 

STATE-WISE ALLOCATION OF TEACHERS:

  • 301 teachers will head to 11 institutes in Rajasthan
  • 210 to seven institutes in Bihar
  • 194 to seven institutes in Madhya Pradesh
  • 191 to six institutes in Jharkhand

Moreover, other institutes for which the faculty has been selected include Assam, Jammu and Kashmir, Odisha, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the minister added.

[“Source-timesofindia”]