Over 1200 pass-outs including Ph.D and M. Tech degree holders from premier institutions like IITs and NIITs have been selected to teach in 53 state-owned institutions across 11 states and union territories across India for next three years to provide quality education in backward areas.

The Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar announced on Wednesday that more than 1200 youngsters holding masters and doctorate degrees from premium institutions like Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and National Institutes of Technology (NIITs) have been selected to teach in 53 engineering colleges of rural areas. All the 53 colleges are picked from 11 states and union territories and the premier institute pass-outs will teach for a span of three years. This will ensure provision of quality education in government owned engineering colleges in rural areas of districts lagging behind in technical education in states like Jharkhand, Bihar, MP, UP and others.

In fact, Javadekar said that the teachers have already joined these colleges and will be teaching under a three-year contract with a salary of Rs 70,000 a month. This setup is the part of government’s programme named Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP) backed by the World Bank – for which, a budget of Rs 375 crore has been set aside for three years for the technical teachers. However, unlike doctors, there was no compulsion on these premier class techies to teach in rural colleges and they can opt-in or opt-out as per their choices. When the government had invited applications for the same last year, more than 5000 of them had applied, of which, 1200 were picked – including 293 PhDs and 932 M. Tech graduates

The fresh-out-of-college techies will serve as Assistant Professors for three years in rural area engineering institutions and after that, they can choose to become a teacher or get a job in some private company. The experience that they gain from teaching in these institutes will however be counted if they serve as teachers. The TEQIP program will benefit more than one lakh students who are studying in these institutes as the new premier institute faculties will improve teaching-learning process and will develop a start-up culture among students.