GUWAHATI, Jan 22 - Although doing well in terms of placement of candidates, the institutes of higher education in the Northeast need some measures for retention of faculty and improvement on research and innovation front, said Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Dr Satya Pal Singh here today.
Holding a review meeting of 25 national educational institutions under the Ministry of HRD � Central universities, IIT, IIM, IIITs and NITs in the Northeast and Sikkim, he said the ministry would take up the grievances related to land allotment to some of these institutes with the respective state governments.
�The land allotment for such institutions is the responsibility of the respective state governments, as the Centre provides the funding for infrastructure and other necessary expenses. Such issues have come up mostly from Sikkim and Manipur, and I have asked these institutes to write to me for taking it up further,� he said.
Expressing satisfaction over the placement and employment records of the institutions, Dr Singh said that most of the institutions reviewed today had a placement record of 80 per cent and above with students receiving handsome pay packages.
�The problem of having good faculty and making them continue their stay in the northeastern region has come up as a challenge. Not many from other parts of the country are willing to come here. We will see how these issues can be addressed,� he said.
IIT Guwahati Director Professor Gautam Biswas said a long duration of 20 years is required to attain the permanent resident status in most of the northeastern states which is a major hurdle for the faculty coming from outside. �The permanent status is required for their children to study in the government-run professional institutions. Most of the faculty members prefer to shift to other places before their children come of age, due to this inconvenience,� he added.
The minister further said that the Northeast was a focus area of the present government and if they require the intervention of the Ministry of HRD, he will certainly take it up to improve the standard of higher education in the region, ensuring competent and adequate faculty members.
He exhorted upon all the heads of institutions to improve the standard of research and innovation.