Centre taking steps to check brain drain problem: Javadekar

Centre taking steps to check brain drain problem: Javadekar

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New Delhi: Acknowledging the problem of brain drain, the government
has it is taking steps to check the problem, including by offering
scholarships to the top 500 students. The government is also coming up
with the plans to reform the engineering sector, HRD Minister Prakash
Javadekar said in the Lok Sabha while replying to a debate on a bill
that grants the status of national importance to the Indian Institute
of Science Education and Research (IISER) at Tirupati and Berhampur.

The National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research
(Second Amendment) Bill, 2016, which seeks to amend the National
Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research Act, 2007
(NITSER Act), was later passed by the Lok Sabha. Javadekar, while
speaking about a host of issues related to education, accepted that
there was a problem of brain drain in the country.

As part of measures to check it, he said 500 top students of the
country are being offered Rs 75,000 as scholarship under PM
Scholarship Scheme. “We have started this and this will put a check on
the brain drain and help the country in preserving its talent,” the
HRD Minister said.    Talking about the engineering education, he said
many colleges had produced engineers who were not employable as they
lacked skills.

Around 400 such engineering colleges were closed down as they were not
good, he said, adding, “the Bad will go but the good will remain in
the system.” He said the government is coming up with the plans to
reform the engineering sector. P P Chakrabarti of IIT Kharagpur has
submitted the report with regard to changes in the engineering sector
and given some suggestions which includes early beginning of the
counselling and review of the course.

“This year there will no vacancy in NIT. It is important we will do
it,” he said. The government is also making efforts to improve the
quality of institutes, Javadekar said after the debate in which
several members voiced concern over the quality of education. The
minister acknowledged that the quality of education in the country was
not up to the mark and there was a need to improve it.    “The ranking
of institutes will improve with the improvement in the quality,” he
said.

In a bid to improve the quality of eduction, he said that a number of
professors from overseas had been invited to India and this year
around 600 professors from abroad were likely to visit the country.
Underlining the need for high quality inventions in the country,
Javadekar said around 400 start-ups have been launched by IIT students
in their hostel rooms. “The nation will progress if there is
research,” he said.

Talking about the bill, the minister said the changes will enable two
institutes — one at Berhampur and the other at Tirupati — to be
governed by the legislation. With the passage of the Bill, the number
of Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER) will go
up to seven from existing five, he said. The NITSER Act declares
certain institutions of technology, science education and research as
Institutes of National Importance and provides for research, training
and dissemination of knowledge in these institutions. SNN

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