By: M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru: UGC should reduce the minimum standards to 50% of average at PG level for doing PhD and appointment of lecturers for all in general as presently this is applicable only to SC and ST candidates and this will ensure supply of teachers to all institutions .Financial crunch at IITS and IIITS for appoint of professors and lecturers .AICTE and MHRD follow double standards .They are very critical of private institutions and cancel their affiliations on shortages of faculty and they do not take any action on IITS as they are Government run institution LIKE IITS and IIITS. MHRD is failing to replace teachers who are retiring or resigning even in places like the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, IITs or some other top institutes. "The problem has to be viewed holistically and problem is artificially created by UGC standards on teachers of universities. UGC should reduce the minimum standards to 50% of average at PG level for doing PhD and appointment of lecturers .When you allow 50% for SC and ST and other backward categories why not general candidates .This double standards is killing the education and reducing the opportunities to many and this creates an artificial scarcity for teachers in the institutions ..It needs immediate attention. Having good faculty is crucial .Given the opportunities in other sectors and abroad for more talented , finding a good faculty of more who scored more than 55% is difficult. Let the UGC reduces it to 50% for all and many candidates will be in line for teaching jobs.It is said that a bad student is some time a good teacher,. AICTE and MHRD are not bothered about the state of affairs of IITS in India .According to data compiled by the Union HRD ministry in Sept 2014, only IIT-Gandhinagar has 99% of the sanctioned faculty. Here's some unpalatable truth for a nation dreaming to set up a string of new-age technology institutes: more than 37% of the faculty posts in the existing 16 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are vacant. The IITs have 4,308 faculty members against the sanctioned 6,944. IIT-Kharagpur, long considered an ace, reports a 46% shortage.The overall student-faculty ratio stands at 16:1.Going by the faculty matrix in the existing IITs, the MHRD need 100 faculty members per 1,000 students in the new institutes. Assuming each of the five new institutes gets about 200 students, and then the government has to hire at least 100 faculty members. On November 21, a group of academicians led by Bharat Ratna Prof C N R Rao met at IISc, Bengaluru, to discuss the science education roadmap. At the meeting, many experts pointed out the inability of premier institutes to attract quality teachers were impeding efforts to enhance quality of education.
The economic progress of a country is strongly linked with Quality Education with values .... for All. It is therefore, necessary for our technical education to undertake periodic review of the curriculum and subject content of the technical programmes to ensure that they are up to date not outmoded or obsolete and effectively fulfill the technological requirements of the country. The beginning of formal Technical Education in India can be dated back to the mid 19th Century. The major policy initiatives in the pre-independence period included appointment of the Indian Universities Commission in 1902, issue of the Indian Education policy resolution in 1904 and the Governor General's policy statement of 1913 stressing the importance of Technical Education, the establishment of IISc in Bangalore, Institute for Sugar, Textile and Leather Technology in Kanpur, N.C.E. in Bengal in 1905 and Industrial schools in several provinces. Significant developments include: Constitution of the Technical Education Committee of the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) of 1943; Preparation of the Sergeant Report of 1944; and Formation of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) in 1945 by the Government of India. All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) was set-up in November 1945 as a national level Apex Advisory Body to conduct survey on the facilities on technical education and to promote development in the country in a coordinated and integrated manner. And to ensure the same, as stipulated in, the National Policy of Education (1986), AICTE be vested with statutory authority for planning, formulation and maintenance of norms and standards, quality assurance through accreditation, funding in priority areas, monitoring and evaluation, maintaining parity of certification and awards and ensuring coordinated and integrated development and management of technical education in the country.