Union Minister for Human Resource and Development Kapil Sibal has said that his ministry is looking at 40,000 PhDs in the IIT system alone by 2020. Speaking at the Idea Exchange initiative by Indian Express at St. Stephens College, New Delhi the minister said that research is our prime focus. We have increased money for fellowships in a big way.
Blaming the IIT system of research and development, Sibal said, “One of the greatest disincentives to do research in the IIT system is that from B.Tech, you have to move to M.Tech and then you have to do a doctorate. Most kids, after B.Tech, don’t want to spend two years doing an M.Tech. They go abroad and start doing research. So, all that research that should be done in India is being done abroad.”
“The PhD system is about how ideas are created and translated into goods and services by industry. And of course, we are now saying you can get a job in the university only if you have a doctorate. That’s a precondition,” he added.
Speaking on the issue of faculty crunch, the minister said, “The 6th Pay Commission has revised the pay scales. A teacher at the entry-point at university gets a higher remuneration than a person at the entry-point of IAS. You are no longer called a lecturer; you are an assistant professor, an associate professor. You are not prohibited within the university from doing other things. You can earn more money in the process, apart from the salary you get.”
While answering a query on skill development, Sibal responded saying “ We are on the cusp of launching what is called the national vocational education qualification framework. What we are trying to do is to involve school children in vocational education from class 9. In class 12, they will get a CBSE certificate and by that time, they will have acquired skills based on the outcomes of up to four vocations. We are setting up the national operational standards because you have to have operational standards to do this.”
Stressing on the importance of the accreditation, he said every institution should be accredited so that students can make informed choices.
[Source: Indian Express]