According to official sources on September 8, over 5,000 “highly accomplished” scientists working with various departments under the Science and Technology Ministry will devote time to impart education to students of various schools and colleges in the country.
Announcing the decision, Union Science and Technology minister Jitendra Singh said it would be “mandatory” for the scientists “in our departments to actually, formally, take lecture classes” in schools and colleges.
The minister said it was decided after drawing inspiration from prime minister Narendra Modi’s interaction with school students on Teachers’ Day during which he said, “each one of us engage ourselves in some kind of teaching”.
“I am glad to announce today that we are going to make it mandatory for the scientists in our departments to actually, formally, take lecture classes in schools and colleges. It is a new concept for a country like India,” Singh said.
The minister said this kind of engagement would be “free of any honorarium” and it would be part of the duty the scientists have already committed to do.
“In order to further institutionalise it we have also devised a method make it mandatory that every scientist belonging to this department would expecting to devote at least 12 hours of actual teaching classes, lecturing,” he told reporters at a meeting convened to announce NDA government’s 100-day achievements in the field of Science and Technology.
Singh said the Ministry will collaborate with the HRD Ministry to work out the modalities and see how over 5,000 scientists of the two departments of the Ministry – Science and Technology and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research- can devote their time to engage in academic activities.
He said there would be a review and performance evaluation system to ensure successful implementation of new initiative.
“There will be a review every one year. The kind of lecturing so that they can improve upon that. And every three years we would have a performance evaluation on the kind of work done by each individual scientist who are engaged in the teaching,” Singh said.
The minister said various academic institutions across the country would be covered under the programme but major focus would be on “public-funded educational institutions”.National