Infrastructure in IITs

Infrastructure in IITs

The Government has set up eight new IITs at Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh during the XI Plan. They are functioning from temporary campuses with adequate infrastructure such as classrooms, labs, equipment and hostels. Government provides budgetary support to these Institutes on priority basis to develop and maintain required infrastructure. The Institutes have been given full powers to recruit faculty and non-faculty staff within the prescribed ratio of 1:1.1:10. Government also provides regulatory and policy support to help them attract quality faculty. Mobility of faculty from one Central Educational Institute to another, engagement of contract/adjunct/visiting faculty and relaxation in salary limit from US$ 25,000 to US$ 14,000 for employment Visa to foreign faculty are some of the policy measures taken by the Government to maintain standards of education.

This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Irani in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha question.


Credit Framework for Skills and Choice Based Credit System

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has reported that it has been constantly persuading the universities to introduce academic reforms like introduction of semester system, choice based credit system, grading etc. with a view to bringing about qualitative improvement in higher education in the country. Guidelines, in accordance with the National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF), were also required for integrating skill and vocational development with mainstream general education in Universities and Colleges. Accordingly, the UGC has issued guidelines for Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) and Credit Framework for Skill Development (CFSD). The CBCS guidelines are available at  and CFSD at .
The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Higher Education convened a meeting of all State Education Ministers looking after Higher/Technical Education, on 6th January 2015 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, to discuss adoption of the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) and the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) in Colleges and State Public Universities. The details of the issues discussed and decision taken during the meeting are at . All State Ministers of Higher/Technical Education endorsed the Credit Framework for Skills and the Choice Based Credit System in the meeting held on 06th January 2015 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. The UGC is also conducting eight Regional Workshops from 20th March, 2015 to 16th April, 2015 so that all the universities can be prepared and assisted in the implementation of Choice Based Credit System (CBCS). The UGC has also setup a Cell to address challenges emanating from the implementation of CBCS and NSQF. Details are available at .
This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Irani in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha question.


Digitalisation of Universities

It is intimated that the Ministry is presently implementing the National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT) to leverage the potential of ICT, in teaching and learning process for the benefit of all the learners in Higher Education Institutions in any time any where mode. Under the Mission, more than 810 courses in various disciplines in engineering and science are available on-line under National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL). E-content for eight undergraduate subjects has also been generated by the Consortium of Educational Communication (CEC) in collaboration with its Media Centers. Over 126 Virtual Labs in nine Engineering & Science disciplines, comprising more than 770 experiments are currently ready for use and available. 1500 Spoken Tutorials are available on line. A large number of courses for design have also been created. Under the NMEICT scheme, 1 Gbps Optical Fibre connectivity to 403 universities/ university level institutions in the country including Maharashtra State has also been provided.

This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Irani in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha question.


Invitation of US Academicians under GIAN

The draft Cabinet Note on the Scheme called Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN), which seeks to invite distinguished academicians, entrepreneurs, scientists, experts including Indian Diaspora from premier institutions across the world, including USA to teach in the higher educational institutions in India during summer and winter breaks has been circulated to the concerned Ministries and Departments for their comments. The Scheme envisages giving international exposure to students, address shortage of faculty and also provides opportunity to faculty to learn and share knowledge and teaching skills in cutting-edge areas.

This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Irani in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha question.


Community Radio vital for Dissemination process

Sammelan to provide roadmap for policy interventions in CR domain- Shri Arun Jaitley

Shri Jaitley confers National Community Radio Awards

Three day Community Radio Sammelan on Good Governance commences

Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and I&B, Shri Arun Jaitley has said that Community Radio as a medium of communication constituted an integral component of the right to free speech and expression. This medium of information dissemination formed a part of the “Airwaves”, the monopoly of which did not lie with state but with the people or the community. Airwaves constituted public property, the myth of state monopoly on the issue had been removed. As a platform of communication, community radio formed a part of the tripartite stakeholder partnership i.e. the broadcaster, the person disseminating the information and the listener who was keen for information, knowledge and dissemination of facts. Shri Jaitley stated this in his address at the 5th National Community Radio Sammelan on the theme “Community Radio for Good Governance” here today.

Elaborating further, Shri Jaitley said that Radio acted as an instrument for dissemination in the past, and would also do so in the future, in which community radio would play a critical role for the expansion of radio content. Community Radio as a concept was vibrant as it facilitated the expansion of an idea – a concept that discussed a range of issues including culture, languages, practices, etc. Regarding the deliberations of the three day Sammelan, Shri Jaitley said that the Sammelan would provide a roadmap to the ministry to fine tune the roadmap for policy interventions in the future.

Shri Jaitley further stated that the Government was committed to ensure that the sector was expanded and strengthened to achieve the goals of inclusive growth through social change. The Sammelan also offered an opportunity to highlight the relevance and importance of flagship schemes through the medium to the people and audience who in turn could benefit by such interventions. Sessions on Agriculture and Community Radio, Role of the Medium in promoting Water and Sanitation with emphasis on Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan and the relevance of the medium in the context of Jan Dhan Yojana were innovations adopted for the Conference. A compendium on ‘Community Radio for Good Governance’ was released on the occasion by Shri Jaitley and Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore.

            In his opening address, Shri Bimal Julka, Secretary (I&B) said that the Community Radio Model offered a third model of radio broadcasting in addition to commercial and public broadcasting. As a platform for communication they served geographic communities and communities of interest. Community radio, rural radio, cooperative radio, development radio holds key to unite India’s linguistic and ethnic diversity and improve economic development.

            Referring to recent ruling of courts, Shri Julka said that the airwaves declared public property were to be used for promoting public good and ventilating plurality of views, opinions and ideas, and the role of community radio was important in this context. During his address, Secretary (I&B) also outlined TRAI recommendations on Community Radio Stations (CRS)’ permissions and related issues. He mentioned that the terms of permission to continue to be for five years; the duration of advertisement on a CRS to continue to be five minutes per hour; the stipulations that DAVP approved rates for advertisement on CRS were lowest and exclusive to DAVP to be relaxed in case of CRS. Shri Julka specifically mentioned the role and relevance of CRS during disaster management situations and said that as the medium played a critical role in the given situations consultations with NDMA would be held to outline the detailed guidelines for the said purpose. Shri Julka also referred to the TRAI recommendations related to the allowance to be given to CRSs to broadcast news and current affairs content, sourced exclusively from AIR in its original form or translated into in its local language/ dialect. This would enhance the mandate of the medium in the context of operating partnership with AIR.

            Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Shri Arun Jaitley also presented the 4th National Community Awards in various categories alongwith MoS, Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore. The awards were conferred in the following categories:

The Conference assumes importance in view of outlining the vision for community radio in India. One of the key highlights of the three day Sammelan is the session on Access to Justice for poor and marginalized communities in the context of the role of community radio and the work done by the National Legal Services Authority. The Conference will also deliberate upon the integration of CRSs and PRIs. The role of CR stations in promoting livelihood generation and other economic activities would be discussed. Sessions on Community Learning, Emerging Demography and Migration would provide critical inputs in taking the process forward.

            The community radio sector has witnessed a remarkable growth in the past few years due to several initiatives taken by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. The Ministry has so far issued 409 permissions to set up community radio stations in the country. Out of this 179 stations have become operational while others are in the pipeline. The Ministry has also streamlined the approval process for setting up of Community Radio Stations. The applicants can now apply online and track the status of their pending application through a Comprehensive Community Radio Management Information System. A Facilitation Centre has also been set up, with a Toll Free Number (1XXX-XX-6346) for providing information. Efforts have also been taken by the Ministry to enable Community Radio Stations to sustain themselves. The Ministry has also introduced a Plan Scheme to provide financial assistance to existing and new community radio stations for infrastructure/ equipment/ training/ capacity building etc.


Seminar on ‘Issues of Working Women’ Held in Ministry of Labour and Employment Seminar Organised to Mark International Women’s Day, on 8th March 2015

          A Seminar on the theme of ‘Issues of Working Women’ was organised  to observe the International Women’s Day, on 8th March 2015 at Shram Shakti Bhavan, New Delhi.  The Seminar was jointly organised by Ministry of Labour and Employment and its autonomous body, the V.V.Giri National Labour Institute and was attended by officers of the Ministry of Labour & Employment, ILO, VVGNLI, IHD, PRIA and Delhi University. Shri Shankar Agarwal, Secretary, Labour & Employment, presided over the deliberations.  Shri P.P. Mitra, Principal Labour and Employment Advisor and Director General, VVGNLI, welcomed the participants and also stressed on the need to address better participation of women in the labour force, in his welcome address.
In his address, Mr. Shankar Agarwal, Secretary, Labour & Employment, mentioned that India is the largest vibrant democracy in the world and despite the multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-culture the people of India could take the democracy forward. Though India was struggling with food shortage for many years, today India is the largest producer of milk and food grain and we have reached the position of exporting food grains and the credit goes to the farmers for the contribution they have made towards this.  During the 60s no other country in the world wanted to learn from India but now the situation is different, every other country wants to learn from India on the progress that the country has made. All this growth becomes meaningless if the poor; those living the in the villages; those who are disadvantaged, SC, ST, Minorities and Women of the country are not taken care of.
While glorifying women in mythologies and religious books, it is important to make the society free from atrocities against women. The realization about respect for women is coming but at a slower pace. To accelerate the progress of women, there is a need to focus primarily on education, health care, skill development and security. Education means empowerment and it is important to give women and girls the best of education, health care, skill development and security.  Even in the educated family, the choice for education of girl child and boy child are different even today. There is a need to change the mindset of people.  Girls should be imparted best of skills in the areas of modern employment.   He said that it is a responsibility of the State to ensure that every girl and woman in the country is safe. The advancement in technology  be used for this purpose.
Ms. Sherin Khan, Senior Specialist, ILO, SRO, conveyed the message of the Director General, ILO.  
Dr. Martha Farrel, Director, PRIA International Academy,
Dr. Ena Panda, Assistant Professor, University of Delhi and
Dr. Preet Rustagi, Professor, Institute of Human Development, New Delhi made presentations as panelists.
While providing the Institute’s perspective on Gender issues, Dr. EllinaSamantroy, Faculty Member of the V. V. Giri National Labour Institute, highlighted the need for engendering the Gender Statistics.
The panel discussion came to an end with the concluding remarks of Shri Shankar Agarwal, Secretary, Ministry of Labour & Employment.


Funds Under Dget: Schemes of Dget

The Government takes steps to fully utilize the funds allocated under the Directorate General of Employment & Training (DGET) in the country. Implementation Guidelines and key performance indicators of various schemes have been revised from time to time to monitor the utilization of funds given to States/UTs. Review meetings to review the progress under the project are held on regular basis with the States/UTs. Follow up letters are also sent to the State Governments at various levels viz. to the Chief Ministers/Chief Secretaries / Principal Secretaries of the States/UTs
 State/UT-wise details of released and utilized funds in respect of Centrally Sponsored Schemes in last three years are-
1.       Skill Development Initiative Scheme
( Rs. In Lakhs


Brief  Details of assessment of the  impact of the Centrally Sponsored Schemes of DGET are-

1.       Skill Development Initiative Scheme
The study on Assessment of implementation of SDI Scheme under Modular Employable Skills in the Country was conducted by National Productivity Council (NPC) and has recommended that the SDI scheme has achieved its outlined objective to a considerable extent. The scheme may therefore be continued for implementation during the 12th plan period with adequate measures in line with the improvements suggested by the National Productivity Council.

2.       Name of the Scheme: Externally Aided Project – Vocational Training Improvement Project
A mid-term tracer study was conducted under the World Bank assisted Vocational Training Improvement Project to measure labour market performance of graduates passed out from Government ITIs. Based on this study, conducted in 2011-12, 60% of project ITIs’ pass-outs find employment within one year of finishing training, as compared to baseline of 32% conducted in Year 2006-07.

3.       Name of the Scheme: Upgradation of 1396 Govt. ITIs through Public Private Partnership
A mid-term evaluation was carried out by V.V.Giri National Labour Institute, Noida. The mid-term evaluation report  2012 has brought out the following salient observations.

•         64% ITIs have started revenue generation activities
•         Increase in Teaching staff in ITIs:
(i) 36% ITIs reported increase in Permanent staff
(ii) 61% ITIs reported increase in Temporary staff
•         Improvement in participation of Students from Socially Disadvantaged Groups:  SC -19%, ST- 11% and OBC – 29%
•         66% ITIs reported improvement in enrolment of female trainees.
•         60% ITIs have linkage with local labour market
90% ITIs reported active involvement of State Government in monitoring of the scheme.            

 This was stated by Shri  Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State(IC)  for Labour  and    Employment in response to a written question in Lok  Sabha  today.

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