Published On: Tue, Dec 27th, 2011

IITs planning to start Technology Faculty Development Program

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According to a report in India Today, the Union Government may ask for help from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) to address the problem of faculty shortage in technical education institutes in India by starting a program for technical faculty development.

A sub-group of the Planning Commission hasĀ  recommended in its report that that the IITs should start a special Masters programme to train engineering faculty.

“The plan is to set up a new part-time Masters’ Degree in Engineering Education to be conducted by the IITs. The degree designed for faculty from engineering colleges will be conducted online, through live video lectures. It is estimated that six to seven thousand young faculty can be handed out each year,” states the report on technical education submitted by the sub group recently.

As an alternative, the report also suggests that the IITs could start a customised dual Masters degree on the lines of current dual degree programs to prepare the student graduates with a degree in a specific domain along with competence in teaching and pedagogy.

“Due to shortage of faculty, many engineering colleges are forced to recruit fresh engineering graduates as teachers. These fresh recruits need training in pedagogy as well as knowledge upgradation. Another proposal would be to introduce a new three-year programme leading to a dual Masters i.e. an MTech degree in the domain area and a Masters degree in educational skill and pedagogy,” the report stated.