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

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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