With the policy of liberalization in the field of higher technical education all over the world in general and in India in particular, the education sector has witnessed an exponential growth of private technical institutions. The ever rising demand for technically skilled manpower has been adequately met by most of these institutions. However, the emerging scenario does not look all that bright. Shortage of competent teaching staff, both in terms of quality and quantity, has begun to cast its shadow on the quality of delivery imparted at these institutions.
This problem looks even grimmer with the intake of engineering students poised to grow threefolds in the next few years. By 2014, the annual engineering intake is projected to grow 300% with corresponding increase in requirement of competent faculty. As a result of this unprecedented spurt in demand for faculty members, engineering colleges all over the world are expected to face acute shortage of quality faculty members.
The main reasons behind the failure of engineering education failing to attract quality manpower in the requisite numbers can be enumerated as follows:
a. Globally, technical education is experiencing an unprecedented demand that has far outstripped the supply of good faculty members.
b. The quality-conscious institutes offering Masters and Doctoral programs are limited and produce only a fraction of what this sector requires. There is a huge demand for the industry for well qualified engineers, which is considered to be a better option by students passing out from these institutions.
c. Teaching as a career option does not figure very high on the list of priorities. The absence of industry-comparable pecuniary benefits could be one reason.
In order to empower and build confidence of the newly recruited and in-service faculty members, the Techno India Group focuses intensely on its Faculty Development Scheme. The Scheme is intended to:
:: Create conducive environment for enhancing their academic quality through induction in higher education and research.
:: Compensate as per Govt. norms with due implementation of allowances, as and when announced by Govt.
:: Recognise academic and administrative excellence of faculty members through systematic appraisal and gradation for higher pay and benefits.