When recruited from 18 states, nearly 1,500 technical education teachers would be on hand. Only Bihar and Uttarakhand have agreed to accept them so far. States were required by the government to develop a “sustainability plan” for these employees. According to the letter, regular appointments at engineering schools should include them as a top priority.
- Nearly 1,500 temporary technical education teachers from 18 states have joined technical institutions serving underserved or “aspirational” districts since early 2018.
- So far, only Bihar and Uttarakhand have agreed to accept IIT and NIT pass-outs who were recruited in engineering schools in rural and semi-urban areas.
- States were required by the government to develop a “sustainability plan” for these employees.
So far, only Bihar and Uttarakhand have agreed to accept IIT and NIT pass-outs who were recruited in engineering schools in rural and semi-urban areas, despite intervention by the Union education ministry. Bihar has been the only state to agree to accept pass-outs.
As part of the Center’s Special Project, nearly 1,500 temporary technical education teachers from 18 states have joined technical institutions serving underserved or “aspirational” districts since early 2018.
Of the new hires, many had PhDs or MTechs from Indian Institutes of Science Education, with others coming from Research and the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru, in addition to IIT and NIT graduates.
According to the government’s plans, the World Bank-funded TEQIP III program would help technical colleges across the country improve their quality of instruction. Among these states were Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Andaman and Nicobar, Assam, and Meghalaya.
The government had asked states to come up with a “sustainability plan” for these workers and urged them to prioritize them in regular appointments in engineering colleges.
To make matters worse, after several extensions granted by the Centre up to September of this year, the States decided to abandon the project, leaving these teachers in a difficult situation.
It did, however, raise the issue with the states where the teachers are employed, but so far, only two states have seen any progress.
In Bihar and Uttarakhand, all teachers are still working while the ministry is in talks with a few other states to resolve the problem, a senior official from the department of higher education said. “Unfortunately, most of the other states appear uncommitted on the issue.”
The state technical education department has decided to replace teachers like him with guest faculties, which has angered Mayank Kumar, a former teacher at the Rajkiya engineering college in Bijnor, UP. He lost his job on October 1.
Engineers’ colleges in India have seen their quality improve thanks to this project, but it’s now been abandoned like a hot potato by government officials due to funding concerns, according to the professor.