Scientists at all publicly-funded research institutions have been told by the government that it would be compulsory for them to teach at the undergraduate-level or even at schools while pursuing their research work.
Science and Technology Minister Jitendra Singh said that scientists would have to take a minimum of 12 hours of lectures at schools or colleges in an academic year. This extra work would not entitle the scientists to any extra remuneration or benefits, he said.
The minister, while releasing the 100-day report card of his ministry, said this had been done to ensure that the scientific community comes out of the confines of their laboratories “to serve the society in a wider capacity”. He said this would also address the problem of shortage of good science teachers.
This teaching programme would be reviewed for its implementation after the end of one year, and the performance of the scheme would be evaluated after three years.
The scientific institutions have been asked to design teaching programmes for their researchers and get it ratified by their respective governing bodies. Singh said the scientific community does not always have enough opportunities to interact with students in a structured manner, and this programme would let them get involved with students at all levels.