Smriti Irani calls for students-centric approach and launches new scheme

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Those students who are weak in studies and are prone to depression due to non- performance in studies has got some good news. Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani has announced a new scheme for such students.

The announcement of the scheme was done on Friday. It will facilitate the weak students of some national-level institutes with the assistance of a mentor student. The minister also expressed her concern about the growing depression among the students these days.

At National Institute of Technology, New Delhi, a meeting was chaired by Smriti Irani of the Council of National Institute of Technology, Science Education and Research. The minister unveiled a slew of measures to support students.

The scheme is known as ‘hand holding’ of students. It is for the students who are weak in studies. It will be implemented in the institutions, under which a mentor student will be designated to take care of such students.

The students who will be the mentors will be provided financial incentives which will be supported by the Human Resource and Development Ministry to the concerned National Institutes of Technology (NITs).

According to the press release issued by the National Institute of Technology, Warangal, the council is the apex policy making body for 31 National Institutes of Technology (NITs), five Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) and Indian Institute of Engineering, Science and Technology (IIEST), Shibpur.

Smriti Irani asked the NITs, IISERs and IIEST to adopt the ‘student-centric approach’ and also emphasised that students’ grievances should be addressed effectively and in a time-bound manner.

The minister also constituted a student grievance redressal cell at the Council Level.This cell will monitor the redressal of the grievance of students’ and coordinate with the directors of institutions to address them effectively.

She added on, “Common counselling not only reduced stress on students and parents but also minimised the vacant seats. Less than two per cent seats remained vacant after five rounds of counselling leading to all-time high numbers of admission in these prestigious Institutions”. She further said that the institutes should be made an island of excellence and innovation, design and research in specific areas along with the strategy to collaborate for growth.

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