The National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research (Second Amendment) Bill, 2016, which seeks to amend the National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research Act, 2007 (NITSER Act), was later passed by the Lok Sabha.
India encountering brain drain
While talking about the obstacles which the education sector is facing, Javadekar accepted that there was a problem of brain drain in the country. In an effort to check the same, he said 500 top students of the country are being offered Rs. 75,000 as scholarship under the PM Scholarship Scheme.
“We have started this and this will put a check on the brain drain and help the country in preserving its talent,” the HRD minister said.
Talking about the engineering education, he said many colleges had produced engineers who were not employable as they lacked skills. Around 400 such engineering colleges were closed down as they were not good, he said, adding, ” the bad will go but the good will remain in the system.”
Concern over the quality of education
Concern over the quality of education was raised by several members to which, Javadekar said that the government is also making efforts to improve the quality of institutes. He acknowledged that the quality of education in the country was not up to the mark and there was a need to improve it.
“The ranking of institutes will improve with the improvement in the quality,” he said.
Professors invited from abroad
In a bid to improve the quality of education, he said that a number of professors from overseas had been invited to India and this year around 600 professors from abroad were likely to visit the country. Talking about the bill, the minister said the changes will enable two institutes — one at Berhampur and the other at Tirupati — to be governed by the legislation. With the passage of the Bill, the number of Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER) will go up to seven from existing five, he said.