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IITians Should Focus on Innovation and Research Work- says HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar

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India is progressing in education sector with better resources available. Our IITs are best and recorganized all over the world. Recently, Prakash Javadekar asked IIT students, “to focus on innovation so that the country can reach higher levels of prosperity”. Expressing concern over the quality of research, he coined IITs, NITs and IISCs as temples of modern India and also noted that Indian institutions don’t make it even to the top 200 in global rankings.

IIT Students Should Focus on Innovation- Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar

HRD minister sought suggestions from students for the New Education Policy and said availability, affordability, accountability and quality are the key aspects of education in the country. Javadekar also asked officials about how IITs can be made self-sufficient in terms of funding, in the long run, by 2030.

 In his first dialogue with students of higher education Institute at IIT Delhi, Javadekar said-

  1. We were once upon a time 25 per cent of the world trade.
  2. Today we are not even one per cent of the world trade.
  3. We can achieve through continuous innovation. We can’t just recollect on our past glory.
  4. Government is taking up new programmes to bring IITs among the best global institutions “because, currently we are nowhere in the top 200”.
  5. Improving quality of research, building up labs, increasing faculties is required.

Praising IIT Delhi, Javadekar said he had learnt that there are around 100 start ups in hostel rooms and expressed hoped that there would be more impetus to this movement. Referring to HRD ministry’s initiatives, he said Rs 1000 crore will be put in IITs under IMPRINT programme while also mentioning schemes to encourage start-ups.

Officials said he also promised to look into how CSR funds can flow into IITs. Javadedkar asked students as to who wanted to be a teacher and was pleasantly surprised to find that barring a few, all PhD students were interested.

{Noteble Point- “India is having one of the Largest Pool of Engineers in the world (with China & USA)”}

It is learned that during the interaction, some PhD students had expressed concerns about their employability. Javadekar had suggested that many of them could go on to fill vacant teaching posts in IITs and other teaching institutes. An official, who was present in the discussion, said students also suggested that entities like ISRO, DRDO should come for campus placements of PhD and other students. Debunking the notion that most IITians go abroad, he said 7 out of every 10 are working in the country.

Speaking about inquisitiveness, the minister referred to Bollywood movie “Three Idiots” and said only those teachers are best, who if they can’t answer a student’s question, revert back with the solution.

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