The finance ministry has rejected a long-standing demand of the IITs and the IIMs seeking freedom from government interference in creating faculty posts. HRD ministry had proposed the IITs, IIMs and other top technical education institutions be allowed to create teaching posts on their own, while keeping the ratio of teaching to non-teaching posts intact.The HRD minister has on occasions over the past year said he wants to increasingly grant autonomy to the IITs and the IIMs.This proposal was aimed at freeing up some of the country’s best higher educational institutions to create faculty jobs based on their needs at a time rather than on bureaucratic norms.The proposal was seen as critical because of the Foreign Education Providers Bill, that will allow foreign varsities to enter India.Freeing up creation of faculty jobs at the IITs and IIMs would have helped them compete better with foreign universities that enjoy this freedom.The IITs and the IIMs have on occasions lost out on hiring renowned experts in a department because of no vacancies at the appropriate post.The percentage of vacancies in teaching posts varies from 15 per cent to 40 per cent across the IITs and the IIMs.The National Institutes of Technology (NITs), which were to be also covered under the HRD ministry proposal, also face a huge faculty shortage.
Monday, August 16, 2010
The CBSE has decided to introduce an optional “proficiency test” in June 2011 for those students who will clear Class X in March 2011 on the new pattern of continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) rather than traditional board examination.Proficiency Test System (PTS) and would be available for the class X students who opted for continuous and comprehensive evaluation last year. PTS would not be a compulsion. Only interested students would opt for the same and take the test accordingly in June. PTS would be available in all subjects namely, English, Maths, Science, Social Studies and Hindi. The test would contain multiple-choice questions. However, the number of questions and the duration of the paper are yet to be finalised. The board is also trying to figure out whether the candidate could take the test online or not. The question papers would be set by institutions of repute. While Central Institute for English and Foreign Languages would prepare the questionnaire for English, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, be responsible for Science and Maths question papers. The board has also contacted Indian Council For Social Science Research and Central Hindi Institute for social studies and Hindi respectively.