Lack of quality teachers is posing a grave challenge in developing a strong education system in India, Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Ram Shankar Katheria said today.
Opening a summit on Higher Education, organised by Assocham in New Delhi, he said, “It is often seen that teachers across India suffer from a sense of inferiority complex, they do not feel proud about their job, they need to understand that there is no bigger a work than grooming a person by providing education.”
“It is the teachers and the faculty who play a significant role in development of schools, colleges and universities into a premium education institution, teachers’ role cannot be ignored,” said Katheria.
He also informed that he recently met education ministers, secretaries and other senior officials from various universities across all states in India and held a discussion on improving the role of teachers in providing quality education. The Minister also stressed upon the need for promoting academic research and innovation.
“Our education institutes, universities and especially those in the private sector should together work towards improving academic research and innovation,” Katheria said.
“All scholars and students involved in research and innovation should be further motivated and encouraged to come up with advanced technological solutions for various challenges like dearth of safe drinking water, poor electricity, lack of basic infrastructure and others,” he added.
The Minister also said that government had launched campaigns like ‘Skill India’ and ‘Make in India’ to deal with such challenges being faced by the country.
“In wake of such challenges being faced by the country, the government is committed towards skill development and perking up the manufacturing sector through ‘Skill India’ and ‘Make in India’ campaigns,” he added .