In what is being considered a move aimed at pacifying the protesting students, the human resource development (HRD) ministry has approved a project to create new laboratories and smart classrooms in the National Institute of Technology ( NIT) Srinagar along with a number of other NITs across the country.
According to sources, NIT Srinagar was initially not part of the Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP) project but it was included later after HRD minister Smriti Irani held a meeting with the officials concerned.
A total of Rs 200 crore have been earmarked for the programme. Under the project, t he institutes will have to send their proposals to the ministry and will have to invest resources so as to improve the teaching material, modernise the libraries, increase access to knowledge resources and update l earning resources among others.
“The ministry has been engaging constructively with the NIT Srinagar students and other NITs too. A number of them have raised concerns over poor teaching methods and tools used by the faculty at NITs across the country. The ministry wants to revamp the institutes and improve the quality of education there too,” said a senior HRD official.
As part of TEQIP the ministry is also looking at revising curriculum to ensure the institutes become dynamic and demand driven.
“We have been using archaic tools to teach in engineering institutes. These education institutes need to become more responsive to rapid economic and technological developments that are taking place. The project will help achieve such aims,” said a senior HRD official.