Over 1,200 postgraduates from top higher learning institutes in India have been recruited to teach in 11 rural states that are lagging behind in technical education due to teacher shortages.
India’s Ministry of Human Resources and Developments (MHRD) has hired 293 PhD and 932 MTech graduates from the Indian Institutes of Technology, the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, and the National Institutes of Technology to teach at 53 government engineering colleges with vacant posts for three years, reported Business Insider.
“5,000 people had applied. Out of those, 1,225 were selected and they have already joined. As many as one lakh [100,000] students in these developing states will benefit as a result of this,” Human Resources and Development Minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters, according to The Hindu.
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Graduates will be paid INR70,000 (US$11,000) a month, funded by a World Bank-aided project for improving quality of engineering graduates in states such as Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu & Kashmir, said Business Insider.
After the scheme, the graduates can choose to continue with academia or to enter the corporate world.