The Human Resource Development Ministry is preparing a proposal to sponsor post-doctoral studies for teachers in reputed institutes abroad, reports The Indian Express.
The proposal states that 1,500 faculty would be handpicked from institutes across India as a part of the faculty development project. The cost of sponsorship has been estimated by the Ministry at between $30,000 to $40,000.The beneficiaries would be required to return to India to teach.
According to the report, India is facing an acute shortage of good quality faculty amidst plans to establish centers of excellence for faculty development and a decision to create new institutes of technology, 14 new central universities and model schools. Educational establishments also have a large number of vacancies- out of a sanctioned 16,600 teaching posts in central universities, as many as 6,529 positions- including those for 1,221 professors, 2,105 associate professors and 3,008 assistant professors- are currently vacant.