There are nearly 8-10 lakh teachers' posts lying vacant in different higher educational institutions and schools throughout India, informed Mahendra Nath Pandey, Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development (HRD).
The minister said that his government is taking an initiative to clear the backlog. The ministry is also inviting suggestions to update the education policy as the education policy has not been revised since 1976.
The HRD minister, who was in Bareilly at an event organised by Akhil Bharatiya Brahmin Mahasabha, told that it is true that there is a huge shortage of teachers in IndIa. It happened due to a long backlog of posts lying vacant over the years. They are working to appoint more faculty members soon. The ministry has identified that there is a need for nearly 10 lakh teachers across the country in both higher educational institutions and schools.
Citing about the revamp of education policy, the minister said that the education policy of the country is not properly implemented as it was first made in 1962. Only it was revised in 1976. Over the years no successive government took the initiative to revise it. They are now inviting suggestions to introduce changes to cope with the current challenges and come out with a new education policy.
While elaborating on the quality of education universities not being able to maintain due to rising number of affiliated colleges, Pandey said that allocating the total number of affiliated colleges per university is on the agenda of both sate governments and central government. They are thinking about it as maintaining the quality of higher education was his priority. To improve the standard of higher education Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) scheme has been introduced in the country. Apart from that, they are also working to connect students with facilities offered at international levels through satellite. Students will be able to learn latest techniques and they will granted an additional 20% marks for this.