Mahendra Nath Pandey of union minister of state for human resource development (HRD) said on Saturday 20 August that there are nearly eight to ten lakh assignments of teachers lying vacant in schools and higher educational institutions over the country. He stated that the government is taking the action to make the backlog and is also inviting suggestions to update the education policy which has not been revised since 1976.
Mahendra Nath Pandey, who was in Bareilly to participate in an event planned by Akhil Bharatiya Brahmin Mahasabha, told Times of India (TOI) in an interview. “Though it is true that there is an urgent lack of teachers in our country, it has been created due to a long backlog of posts lying vacant over years, and we are working to delegate more faculty members soon. We have identified that there is a requirement of nearly ten lakh teachers in our country in both schools and higher educational schools.”
Mahendra Nath Pandey said, the education system is not properly executed in our country, as it was revised in 1976 and it was first made in 1962. However, during the past year, no successive government yet took the action to change it in all these years. We are now requesting suggestions to introduce modifications according to the current challenges and prepare a new education policy for future. Pandey said,” due to rising number of affiliated colleges which at times run into hundreds, universities not being able to maintain quality. “Fixing a total number of affiliated colleges per university is on the agenda of both central and state governments. We are thinking about it.” The minister said that maintaining the quality of higher education was his priority. “Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) scheme has been introduced to improve the standard of higher learning in the country. Furthermore, we are working to attach out students with facilities given at international levels through satellite. From latest techniques, our students will be able to learn latest technologies development, and they will award an extra 20% marks for this.