Highly qualified graduates from premium institutes across the country such as IITs and NITs have been recruited by the Ministry of Human Resource Development to teach in engineering colleges in backward areas. In a first, a measure such as this has been taken by the government to improve the country’s quality of education.
The step taken by the government is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to emphasise on the quality of technical education and higher studies in the backward areas of India. According to the First Post, Union Human Resources Development Minister Prakash Javadekar said,
A total of 1,225 candidates have been selected after a rigorous selection process. Each teacher will be paid Rs 70,000 per month and they will train the youngsters for the next three years.
This measure comes under a world-bank aided government initiative named ‘Technical Education Quality Improvement Project (TEQIP-III)’, at Rs 2,300 crore cost.
According to the Press Information Bureau (PIB), Prakash Javadekar said in a press conference,
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.
The union government plans to spend nearly Rs 375 crore over the span of three years on the project. The newly recruited teachers have been posted in 53 states which include Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The government has also appealed publicly to Mtech and PhD students from esteemed institutes to express interest in participating in this initiative, and serve the rural ares to improve the overall development of the country.
The government hopes that the highly motivated teachers recruited by them will contribute in improving the educational ecosystem in backward areas, apart from encouraging startup culture among the youth.