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Centre to bring 800 foreign experts to teach in India, says HRD Minister

Irani says cost of foreign teachers not to borne by students, initiative will cover IITs, IIMs, central institutes

BS Reporter  |  Chennai 

Smriti Irani

The Union Minister of Human Resource Development Smriti Irani had today said that the government is planning to bring 800 experts from across the World to teach in institutions in the country, with no cost to the students.?

?Speaking in an educational conclave organised by The New Indian Express, she said, "The Prime Minister had a vision of inviting academicians of repute, industry experts and researchers from the world over under a programme in India, to come and teach in our central universities and IITs, IIMs and other institutions, at no added cost to them (students)."?

Responding to remarks that the best teachers and students are going out of the country for higher education, she said the move is a course correction.?

?She said that the Government is fulfilling the dream in the forthcoming academic year.?

?Irani added that in next academic year, the Government would also bring in the choice-based credit transfer system, under which a student in the central schooling system can leave a school in one city and continue with the same curriculum in another school in the place where his parents have been transferred.?

?The Government is also planning to digitise every certificate of the students, from school level to the higher education level.?

?She added that the ministry has today launched an online Tamil teaching portal under the Central Institute of Classical Tamil, as part of the Mathribasha Diwas (Mother Language Day), celebrated by the ministry nationwide.?

?Under the Centre for Indian Languages, it has also launched 1,008 children's stories on the Epics and fables, as part of celebrating the day.?

Intolerance on ideas has to go: Nirmala Sitharaman?

?Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Government of India, while speaking in the conclave, said that the ideas has to be allowed without looking at the colour of the political party it comes from.?

?Speaking about her own experience in Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, she said that the academic liberty to come up with ideas were treated with intolerance considering the colour of the political party one believes in.?

?She added that there needs a curriculum reform to improve the quality of education and it is open to discussion that whether it is good that the government to get into preparation of curriculum or to leave it to an autonomous body and several other options. However, free thinking should be the way and not intolerance based on the colour of the political party the idea comes from.?

?She added that around 230,000 students go abroad for education and it results in a loss of $7-12 billion for the country.?

First Published: Sat, February 21 2015. 21:53 IST