1,200 IIT, NIT graduates to teach in remote cities of India
To serve the nation on the call of HRD ministry, more than 5,000 highly-qualified persons applied for teaching positions in rural and backward cities.
The 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.
"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 education," he told reporters here. 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 said up to 60 percent faculty strength was lying vacant in these colleges, which failed to attract qualified teachers.
"A public appeal was given to M Tech 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 said.
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