1200 IIT, NIT graduates to teach engineering students in backward areas: Javadekar

NEW DELHI: Over 1,200 graduates from premier institutions like IITs and NITs have been selected to teach in 53 state-run engineering colleges in backward areas across 11 states and Union Territories for three years, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said today.

“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 per cent of faculty strength was lying vacant in these colleges, which failed to attract qualified teachers. (AGENCIES)