Teaching candidates for technical colleges, including management & pharmacy institutions, will also have to undergo training and internship under AICTE.
New Delhi: Young professionals who aspire to teach in technical institutions such as engineering, pharmacy or management colleges will now have to undergo mandatory training and internship facilitated by the central government and also qualify an exam.
This will be in line with the B.Ed qualification for school teachers and the National Eligibility Test (NET) for college and university teachers.
At present, technical teachers, especially those in engineering colleges are not required to possess separate teaching qualifications. They are selected on the basis of their B.Tech or M. Tech degrees.
The mandatory training and exam will be under the aegis of the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), the technical education regulator of the central government.
“We have developed a specific training module for technical teachers suited to their needs,” said AICTE chairman Anil Sahasrabuddhe. “They will be required to undergo eight modules of training and then a three-week internship with the industry. They will then have to qualify this test, following which they will be made permanent,” he added.
“It is important for technical teachers to be trained because they require different kinds of skillsets as compared to other teachers,” said Sahasrabuddhe. “They need to be more abreast with the latest technological developments.”