1225 graduates from premier institutions recruited to improve tech. education in backward areas

As many as 1200 highly qualified and motivated graduates from premier institutes including IITs and NITs have been recruited to teach in engineering colleges in backward areas of various States and Union Territories, Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar said today.
The States and Union Territories include Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Assam, Bihar, Jammu & Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Tripura, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. 
This is the first time that such a measure has been taken to improve the quality of education, he said at a press conference.
Mr Javadekar said these bright minds will bring with them the openness to innovation, new methods of teaching and enthusiasm to serve and act as agents of change.
This initiative will help meet the aspirations of youth in the backward areas and fulfil the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He expressed the hope that these teachers would contribute to the entire educational eco-system of the backward areas, apart from promoting a start-up culture among students.
Earlier, a public appeal was given to the MTech and PhD students from the premier institutions to work in these backward areas and serve the nation. There was an overwhelming response to the call, and more than 5,000 highly qualified persons applied. The interviews were conducted in 20 NITs by constituting expert teams.
The entire process was completed through a competitive and rigorous process of selection through NITs in a two-month period. Finally, 1225 candidates were selected and they have joined 53 colleges in these states. The new faculty will train the youngsters in a host of technical institutions for the next three years.
Each of the new faculty will be paid Rs. 70,000 per month and the Government proposes to spend about Rs 375 crore in a 3-year period on this initiative. More than 100,000 engineering students in the most backward areas are expected to benefit from better quality education under this initiative.
The reason for backwardness was essentially due to lack of quality teachers in these areas. Many of these institutions have vacancies of teaching faculty, some of them up to 40%. The States had requested the Ministry to help to find teaching support.
The HRD Ministry started 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 in 3-year period till 2020. The focus is on the most-backward states like Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, North-East, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.
Under this project, all the Government engineering colleges are selected for direct intervention, and all private engineering colleges are selected for indirect intervention.
The institution based measures involve accreditation of the courses through NBA, governance reforms, improving the processes, digital initiatives, securing autonomy for the colleges.
The student-based steps include improving the quality of teaching, teacher training, equipping the classrooms, revision of syllabus, industry interaction, compulsory internships for students, training the students in industry-relevant skills, preparing them for the GATE examination, and so on.
While 86% of the teachers are from premier institutions like IITs, NITs, IISERs and IIITs, 24% of them are PhDs. Most of these institutions, till now, did not have teachers with PhD qualifications.
Due to pan-India selection, the faculty are coming from 369 districts of 26 states, bringing an all-India character to these colleges.
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