Education

Steps to improve teacher-student ratio in IITs, NITs: Tharoor

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on August 08, 2013

The Government is making every effort to improve the teacher-student ratio at premier engineering colleges in the country, the Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Shashi Tharoor, said in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

At present, in IITs, the teacher student ratio is 1:16.5 against the approved 1:10, in NITs the ratio is 1:17.6 against the approved 1:12.

Tharoor said to fill vacancies at IITs, NITs and other engineering colleges, measures such as open advertisements, selection committee meetings through video conferencing, invitation to alumni, scientists and faculty to reach out to potential candidates, and young faculty awards were being initiated.

The IIT faculty is also being encouraged to undertake consultancies and are being given start-up financial support up to Rs 5 lakh to conduct research, besides professional development allowance.

Apart from this, the Government has recently allowed the faculty working under the Union Government or central autonomous bodies to join newly set up Central Educational Institutions for a period of 10 years.

navadha.p@thehindu.co.in

Published on August 08, 2013

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