IITs to train 30,000 young engg faculty in 12th Plan

Create: 06/19/2012 - 15:40

In a move that could benefit thousands of young engineering
faculty members, the Centre is mulling an Online Master’s in Engineering
Education Programme. The part-time course will be conducted by the Indian Institutes of
Technology (IITs) via live video lectures online using the National Knowledge
Network (NKN). The aim of the course is to train fresh engineering
graduates appointed by various technical institutions as faculty members to
meet shortage.

“Many engineering college are forced to recruit fresh
engineering graduates as teachers due to shortage. These fresh recruits need
training in pedagogy as well as knowledge upgrade and the existing training
institutions are limited. Since, it is not feasible for the colleges to release
these teachers for undergoing training. The plan is to set up a new part-time
Masters’ degree in Engineering Education to be conducted by the IITs,” a Human
Resource Development Ministry official said.

The degree, designed for faculty from engineering colleges,
will be conducted online, through live video lectures using the NKN, thus
eliminating the need for participants to be relieved of normal teaching duties,”
he added.

The ministry aims at training about 30,000 untrained
engineering teachers appointed during the twelfth five year plan through the
programme and another 30,000 to 40,000 in the13th Plan. “It is estimated that 6
to 7 thousand young faculty can be handed out each year,” an official said.

There are 3,345 engineering colleges established in the
country with about 90 percent of them being private unaided institutions. The
shortage of faculties in these technical continues to stand at 20 per cent
since 2010.

While IITs face a grave faculty crunch of about 35 per cent and
another 33 percent of posts are lying vacant in the National Institutes of Technology
(NITs).

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has
allowed recruitment of teachers with B-Tech. qualification as Pro-term Lecturer
for a limited period of 3 years with the condition that they would secure masters
qualification within that period.

[Source: Deccan Herald]

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

This shows how debilitated AICTE or MHRD is, in handling the "dearth of Lecturers/Teachers" situation. If Government of India goes on relaxing anything and everything like this, the total destruction is not too far. This I say because I know, in fact, we all know how children take things for granted and form their own working rules if the parents lack knowledge, lack awareness, lack rigidness and lack the determination to guide their children on their beliefs. The young generation is 'good' in malpractices compromising with the law/rules. This IS the destruction. AICTE/MHRD being a parent body, could not do anything about the "dearth of Lecturers" issue so it has decided to decrease the Eligibility conditions and to train the young teachers. A big percentage of young teachers that exist have not come with a passion to teach but has come to count the money he is earning by lecturing, by being external examiner, by evaluating (careless) the answer-books, and by doing exam duties. These young are not there to stay; they are going to switch their profession. What does AICTE think, how its training is going to bring a change when a lot of the trainees will go to some other job after sometime? Why always the Government comes up with an "ointment solution" to any problem? Why is it scared of spearheading the process of "Regulating and Supplying of Teaching Resources to the Nation"? Why does it want to only regulate the Engineering Colleges and not the Human Resources of these colleges? When it was opining on recognizing 3,345 Engineering colleges was it not concerned about the faculty requirements of these colleges?
And also the fact that AICTE/MHRD are continuously working on a solution means the problem exists. The problem is “nonexistence of teachers” or “forcing the Colleges to recruit just graduates to fill”. This implies that in Undergraduate classes there have been some classes going waste/free, which shows that the end product is not a “made-for-teaching” kind. Because the students have not lived what they were studying and have deliberately ignored some subjects, after passing out the same students lack courage and the confidence to face the younger lot of 60 or so. So nobody will come for teaching with all the courage which is a prerequisite.
But I would say that the “ointment solution” is also an appreciable step towards revitalizing the teaching environment in Engineering Colleges. The competition as to “who those 30000 teachers going for the training are?” and the indirect interference of an external body, would help in eradicating the poorly performing young teachers. Youngsters who have come with a passion would definitely benefit and the scenario would change.
Anyway, still AICTE/MHRD should come up with an abrupt change in order for the nation to have 100% enthused and self-driven Lecturers. “Ointment solution” is a slow working solution. Dear Mr.Kapil Sibal, how can you find a supervised-at-times-and-reinforced-self-learned person who can be the best teacher amongst all kinds of learned people? Just letting the Engineering Colleges to take care of their Teaching Manpower Requirements is a foolish decision or it is a careless ignorance, if you consider yourself a parent-body in driving the technical education sector in this country. You should be seriously concerned about what kind of citizens we are producing every year and you must understand that you are indirectly responsible because you are not giving the right teachers or the right teachers do not come forward.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

No knowledge without college. there are so many M Tech postgraduate student. They should be allowed to enter the teaching profession. Then institution prefer Ph. D holders. this way of higher studies should be made applicable to the Ph D students, So that good students could enter the teaching profession. It is difficult to do direct Ph D and then enter teaching profession.On the other hand their class fellows after graduation start getting good salaries .So,5-6 year after graduation for Ph D and less salaries than graduates is the reason that people are not entering teaching profession .So, for doing Ph D this system should be used not for master level. Thanks

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Good approach.when does the programme plan to start?need not be restricted to young graduates.faculty with only engineering graduation and who have either teaching experience or industry experience ,irrespective of age to be allowed to participate in this programme.
This programme to be recognised by U G C as a P G qualification required for teaching in engineering graduate and post graduate programmes

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

recently there is a news about shortage of faculty in IITs. when they cannot provide faculty to their regular students, how can they train part time students through live video lectures? AICTE and UGC are recognising part time or technical graduate through distance education, will they recognise these so called post graduates for faculty positions. government must look into this aspect before giving green signal for the above programme

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Hope the training to Engineering Faculty, will go beyond the Mission 10 X program planned and executed by Wipro and will also add the dimensions that IIT'ens wish to add in the Technical Education.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Really,it is marvellous planning to achieve quality oriented education and also to train young faculty members for further progress in education sector.
Since education is the base for comming future ,which can be enhanced by conducting such type programmes.

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