MHRD Hires Over 1,200 IIT And NIT Graduates To Teach Students In Backward Areas

5 Feb 2018 5:31 AM GMT
MHRD Hires Over 1,200 IIT And NIT Graduates To Teach Students In Backward Areas
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Due to lack of qualified teachers, MHRD hired over 1,200 graduates from IITs and NITs as temporary measure to teach engineering students in ‘backward areas’.

In the light of deteriorating quality of education, Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, said that the Centre hired 1,215 highly-qualified graduates to teach and improve the quality of engineering education in institutions located in “backward areas of the country” such as Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu & Kashmir.

The HRD ministry has decided to hire people for the said purpose from premier institutes like Indian Institute of Technology (IITs), the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) as faculties.


Why the need?

The graduates are hired as a temporary measure by the ministry to address the issue of requirement of well-qualified teachers in institutions with a significant number of vacancies. Several colleges have reported 40% unoccupied posts.

As stated by Javadekar, this initiative has been taken into consideration with the Technical Education Quality Improvement Project (TEQIP-III) of the National Project Implementation Unit. The unit implements World Bank Assisted Projects in Technical Education.

The students will be employed to teach at 53 institutes located in states of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Jammu and Kashmir, Assam, Bihar, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

The ministry received more than 5000 applications from newly graduated M.Tech and post-doctoral candidates. They joined the institutes for the greater good of the society. According to the data provided by the Ministry, 301 faculty members have been appointed in the state of Rajasthan.

The sole motto of this project is to uplift the quality of education in the backward states. According to the statement released by the ministry, more than 1 lakh engineering students will benefit from this initiative. The government will pay the newly hired faculty Rs 70,000 per month that is estimated to cost the government Rs 375 crore over the next three years. With the number of faculty members improving, it is certain that the quality of education provided in these remote institutes will develop. Their salaries, however, would be paid through the World Bank-aided project.

This is the first time such a measure has been taken to improve the quality of education. These students were hired on contract as the law to provide quota to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes in government jobs did not apply to contractual employment. However, the government did not elaborate its plan of employing these students upon completion of their three-year contract.

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