New Delhi: With an aim to provide quality technical education to students in backward areas, Human Resource Development minister Prakash Javadekar here on Wednesday announced that it had recruited 1225 highly qualified and motivated graduates from including IITs and NITs to teach in Engineering Colleges in most-backward states like Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, North-East, Rajasthan, MP, UP and Uttarakhand.

Under MHRD’s Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme-III (TEQIP-III), a total of 1225 teachers have joined the service of three years on contract in 53 government engineering colleges in 11 states namely–Bihar, Assam, J-K, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The new faculty will train the youngsters in the host of technical institutions for the next 3-years.

While addressing a press conference Union Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar said that these bright minds will bring with them the openness to innovation, new methods of teaching and enthusiasm to serve and act as agents of change. He further said that this initiative will help meet the aspirations of youth in the backward areas and fulfil the vision of Prime Minister. He hoped that these teachers would contribute to the entire educational eco-system of the backward areas, apart from promoting a start-up culture among students.

“There was a huge faculty crisis, some of them have 60% vacancy. The States have requested Ministry of HRD to help to find teaching support. This mission will bring new hope and aspiration among the students and teachers of these colleges,” said the HRD minister.

The minister claimed that this was the first time that such a measure was taken to improve the quality of education and to fulfil the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“A public appeal was given to the MTech and PhD students from the premier institutions to express interest to work in these backward areas and serve the nation. There was an overwhelming response to the call, and more than 5000 highly qualified persons applied. The interviews were conducted in 20 NITs by constituting expert teams,” said the HRD minister.

Javadekar said that the entire process of giving a call and selection was completed through a competitive and rigorous process of selection done by NITs in a record 2-month period.

“Each of the new faculty will be paid Rs 70,000 per month and the Government is planning to spend about Rs 375 Cr in a 3-year period on this initiative. With this measure, more than 1 lakh engineering students in the most backward areas would be benefited with better quality education,” Javadekar said.

Among the 1225 new recruits, 301 teachers will be placed in Rajasthan, followed by Bihar 210 teachers, MP 194 teachers, Jharkhand 191 teachers and Uttarakhand 97 teachers.

Hindusthan Samachar