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Reward to IIT prof for new course on knowledge development

PTI 08 Jun 2015, 22:14:16 PM IST

Guwahati:  Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani today announced a Rs one lakh reward to any IIT faculty member who designs a new course for knowledge development.  

"Faculty are the fulcrum of our education system. But when discussions are held on the status of education, people often cringe that they have not been able to develop new courses," Irani told the 17th convocation of the IIT-Guwahati.  

"I now announce a Rs one lakh reward to any faculty member who designs a new knowledge development course," the minister said.

On a lighter note, Irani added, "Faculty members think these politicians only think for the youth and not for us.

The faculty of the IITs are as important as their students." "The Director was telling me that the graduates have got very good placements in the country and globally. I was hoping he would pick one of these graduates to be part of the faculty. I shall be grateful for life if any one was picked," Irani said.

She lauded IIT-G for its support to government's 'Ishani Vikas' and 'Unnat Bharat' programmes to integrate the nearby school children with the institute, and efforts to train 10,000 school teachers.

While congratulating the graduates of IIT-G, she told the parents, "You put your children here with a lot of faith and in our hand with a lot of trust. We are proud to be a part of their journey".

To the graduates, she said, "When you turn around, remember your teachers and parents as part of your success and remember them for their love and affection."