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TEQIP III: Only Bihar, Uttarakhand continue with highly qualified teachers in engineering colleges

Naveen Bharat Editorial

New Delhi: Despite the intervention of the Union education ministry, so far only two states – Bihar and Uttarakhand – have agreed to absorb pass-outs from Indian Institutes of Technology and National Institutes of Technology, recruited in rural and engineering institutions. Was. Semi-urban area.

About 1,500 technical education teachers, recruited in 18 states, had joined technical institutions in backward or “aspirational” districts on a temporary basis in early 2018 under a special project run by the Centre.

Many of these recruits were PhD or M.Tech holders from Indian Institutes of Science Education, who had a degree in research and research from the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, besides graduates from IITs and NITs.

The government had introduced the World Bank-funded Technical Education Quality Improvement Program (TEQIP III) as a measure to assist technical colleges in various states. These states include Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Andaman and Nicobar, Assam and Meghalaya.

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The government had asked states to come up with a “sustainability plan” for these employees and urged them to give priority to them in regular appointments in engineering colleges.

As the states failed to do so, the Center too, after giving them some extension till September this year, decided to shelve the project leaving these teachers in limbo.

Though, it took up the matter with the states where teachers are employed, but in case of only two states, the efforts have yielded positive results so far.

“All teachers in Bihar and Uttarakhand remain in service, while we are in talks with some other states to resolve the issue,” said a senior official of the ministry’s higher education department. “Most other states, unfortunately, appear to be non-committal on the matter.”

Mayank Kumar, a former teacher at the Government Engineering College in UP’s Bijnor, who lost his job on October 1, expressed dismay as the state’s technical education department has decided to replace teachers like him with guest faculties.

He said, “The central government everywhere is taking credit for improving the quality of education in engineering colleges through this project and now the scheme has been abandoned by the authorities like a hot potato mainly due to funding issues. “

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