The Haryana government would soon start recruiting assistant professors at colleges, as Prime Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday directed higher education ministry officials to send a request to the Haryana Public Service Commission for recruitment.
Khattar, who chaired the Haryana State Higher Education Council meeting, said concerted efforts should be made to increase children’s interest in the self-funding courses offered at universities. Apart from that, special attention should also be paid to universities to mobilize their resources financially, he demanded.
Minister of Higher Education Mool Chand Sharma and Chairman of Haryana State Higher Education Council Prof. BK Kuthiala were also present at the meeting.
The prime minister said that in order to provide young people with employment-oriented education in the future, there is an urgent need to focus on sustainable university courses. He ordered that a detailed investigation should be carried out into general university programs, self-financing of programs, subject and program-related faculty-student ratios, etc. A team should be formed to visit the universities and report on all these points. He also issued instructions to settle promotions, maternity leave, educational leave or other teacher-related matters within a set time frame.
It was also decided at the meeting that meritorious college and university teachers would be recognized in the style of school teacher awards. Also, it was decided to implement a modular online training program (Online Content Production and Teaching Method) for teachers in universities and colleges in order to improve the quality of education levels. This training module was created by Shri Vishwakarma Skill University.
Khattar said that the New Education Policy (NEP) – 2020 put the emphasis on providing inclusive and quality education and improving educational opportunities. To implement this policy in Haryana, an Advisory Committee was formed to plan and report on policy-related matters. Apart from that, an implementation committee and task force were also formed. In order to achieve the goals of the new education policy, the state government has set itself the goal of fully implementing NEP-2020 in the state by 2025, he said.
It was informed that the Department of Higher Education, following the instructions of the Prime Minister, has drawn up a new staff transfer policy.
Principal Secretary, Department of Higher Education, Vijayendra Kumar, Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Dr. Amit Agrawal, Director, Department of Higher Education, Sh. Rajiv Rattan and other officials also attended the meeting.