Unemployable engineers: AICTE to send 1,000 tech teachers abroad for PhD

New Delhi: Amid concerns over poor quality of graduates being churned out by the engineering colleges in the country, the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has decided to sponsor 1,000 teachers of engineering and technical colleges affiliated to it for doctoral studies in universities abroad.

A list of 500 universities has been drawn up for the scheme, which is expected to be launched within the next two weeks. The universities include Harvard, Cambridge and Oxford.

Master’s degree

Teachers who hold a master’s degree and have been teaching for at least three years will be eligible. The upper age limit would be 40 years (45 years for reserved category teachers).

Presently, under the QIP (Quality Improvement Programme) of the AICTE, only teachers in Central Universities, IITs and NITs (National Institutes of Technology) are sponsored for doctoral degree programmes and that too within India. They are given a fellowship of Rs 15,000 per month.

(Story: Amit Kumar Niranjan)