The acute shortage of qualified teaching staff in the
fast-expanding field of professional education has prompted
the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)
to initiate a new project aimed at luring engineering
post-graduates to the teaching profession.
the Early Faculty Induction Programme (EFIP), the scheme
offers an amount of Rs 5,000 per month by AICTE in addition
to their salary for a period of three years. The EFIP
candidate, after selection, will also be eligible for
getting a contingency grant of Rs 10,000 per year of the
PG programme towards purchasing books, equipment or for
attending seminars. Moreover, the candidate will be freed
from EFIP scheme if s/he does not get any teaching position
in any technical institution within a period of six months.
scheme," says Dr R Ravindran Nair, the dean of National
Institute of Technology, Kozhikode, and the EFIP coordinator
in Kerala, "was announced after AICTE realised that
the quality of technical education was deteriorating due
to a shortage of qualified teachers. Not many BTechs were
interested in taking up teaching as a profession as they
had better offers from sunrise areas."
crisis was felt most in the disciplines of information
technology, computers and electronics. None of the colleges
could match the perks and incentives that were offered
by the software industry.
EFIP, we are offering them a starting payment of about
Rs 18,000. While the colleges will be paying the standard
salary of Rs 13,000-plus, AICTE will pay them an additional
Rs 5,000 as incentive," says Prof K Krishnaiah, principal
EFIP coordinator for engineering and technology discipline.
estimated number of vacancies in engineering side alone
is around 25,000. Not many BTech graduates show interest
in joining a PG programme or in continuing pure research.
We hope that EFIP will help change their attitude,"
about 0.03 per cent of graduates turn to engineering research.
This trend threatens to hit the country''s development
also," points out Cusat vice-chancellor N Unnikrishnan
Nair. "EFIP looks hopeful as it encourages engineering
graduates to enter teaching eventually into the realms
of serious research. Though Cusat is only facing a shortage
of 20 per cent teaching strength, the situation is not
bright in other parts," he says.
Dr G P C Nayar, president of Self-financing Engineering
College Managements'' Association, says the situation in
Kerala is much better when compared to other states. "The
opening up of the education sector has been a blessing
for Kerala''s unemployed engineers. We have recruited many
youngsters as teachers. They are also given a chance to
pursue their PG."
the hope that the new initiative will help tide over the
shortage, Babu Joseph, former Cusat VC, is of the view
that more avenues for pursuing PG should be opened "so
that young graduates will look beyond an immediate job
outside the country. It is a serious situation; there
is an urgent need to improve the quality of teaching."
to Dr Y Madhusudan Rao, principal EFIP coordinator (pharmacy),
Kakatiya University, Warangal, the scenario is really
bleak in the pharmacy discipline. "We have a vacancy
of about 80,000 staff members. EFIP is aimed not only
at recruiting young teachers but also at retaining them
for a few years. The objective is to create a new line
of qualified teaching staff. We will be giving them an
advanced training programme in teaching after the completion
of their PG."
selected EFIP candidate will have to execute a bond with
AICTE that s/he will be willing to take up a teaching
position as lecturer for a period of three years. The
principal EFIP coordinator will prepare a placement brochure
giving brief background and bio-data of each graduating
EFIP candidate. This will be circulated to all the prospective
employers who will be asked to send their advertisements
for employment to the EFIP centres.
coordinators will also arrange an employer and candidate
meet between the EFIP candidates and all technical Institutes.
In case an EFIP candidate does not get selected, s/he
will be paid a consolidated amount of Rs 10,000 per month
by AICTE for a maximum period of six months.
GATE qualified students in the first semester of MTech
or equivalent programme or BTech graduates from IITs pursuing
MTech programmes or dual degree students of IX semester
in IITs and regular PhD students who have completed three
years of their programme are eligible for applying.