Steps like fatter pay packets are being taken by the government to attract more people to the teaching profession to tide over nearly 35 per cent shortage of qualified teachers in the field of higher education.
"There was nearly 25 to 35 per cent shortage of qualified teachers and the Centre was taking steps to attract more people to the teaching profession with enhanced salaries," Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development D Purandeswari said here today.
The government is also planing to involve teachers in framing the curriculum, she told reporters.
"The Prime minister is very much concerned over complaints from students of lack of employment opportunities after spending lots of time and money on higher studies," the Union minister said, adding the Department of Skills Development has been asked to find a solution to it.
Polytechnics were being upgraded with introduction of new courses which have more employment opportunities, she added.
She said there were 154 community colleges in the country and soon IGNOU will also introduce a community college with two-year courses in skills development.
Community colleges are an alternative system of education aimed at empowering individuals through appropriate skill development, leading to gainful employment in collaboration with the local industry and the community, Purandeswari said.
A committee has been appointed to formulate norms for governing deemed universities, she pointed out.
On the Foreign University Bill, the minister said the government wanted to move carefully on the matter to avoid "fly by night operators" stepping into the country.