<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With questions being raised about the competency of those teaching engineering students, the Ministry of Human Resource Development is now working on a roadmap to improve training for technical teachers.The National Institutes of Technical Teacher Training and Research (NITTTRs), which train technical teachers, on Tuesday approached the ministry, saying the teachers have become less efficient and therefore unemployable, and sought ways to enhance their employability.”Officials from NITTTRs approached us saying that the quality of teachers coming in the field of technical education has been going down for the last few years and this has impacted quality of engineering graduates that are passing out from the colleges. We had a long presentation in the ministry and will now work on a roadmap to improve teacher education,” said a senior official from the ministry.There are four NITTTRs in the country, in Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai and Kolkata. The institutes gave their own presentations on how they want technical education to be improved and asked for suggestions from ministry officials.Among some of the suggestions that emerged from the presentation were regular training sessions for teachers while they are teaching at the institutes so they are abreast of latest developments in their fields. “What most teachers do after they start teaching is to stop updating themselves with latest development, this makes them less efficient,” the official added.Based on the suggestions received from NITTTRs, the ministry will now further work on a roadmap to transform technical teacher training in the country.Around 10-12 lakh students take admission in various engineering institutes across the country every year, given such a large number of students in this field, the ministry wants that the faculty should be up to the mark.
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