Published On: Thu, Apr 7th, 2011

AICTE plans to fund PhDs to address faculty shortage

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The All India Council of Technical Education is drawing up a proposal under which it will partly fund the education of meritorious students who are pursuing a PhD degree. The proposal is likely to be implemented from this year only. The move comes in order to address the issue of faculty crunch across technical institutes recognised by the AICTE. It could include engineering/IT, management, architecture and pharmacy institutes, among others.

Currently, there are around 52 lakh students studying across technical institutes in the country and approximately three lakh faculty members. At least, 30 per cent more teachers are required at present.

“We need good student participation in our teaching activities. There’s currently a dearth of good PhD candidates who can teach in the technical/professional institutes. Accordingly, we are drawing up a scheme which will enable us to provide part funding for completion of their PhD either from a university abroad or in India. We want to support talented students,” said S S Mantha, acting chairman, AICTE.

The lacunae of the scheme are yet to be filled but it will include the process of selection of candidates, minimum eligibility and other procedures.

“Students who will be supported through this scheme will be expected to come back and serve the country for some time. Hence, there will be some collateral issues or bond. But we are yet to chalk out the details. We also have to spell out critical aspects like who to select and how to select,” said Mantha. The proposal is expected to be ready by the end of May.

Meanwhile, AICTE is also looking for tie-ups with industry bodies like the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). The proposal is expected to be ready by June will pitch for industry training of young candidates.

[Source: ExpressIndia]