Prime Minister Narendra Modi and newly-appointed Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan will meet IIT directors today. Modi is expected to address the directors at 11 am via video conferencing.
Apart from IIT directors, heads of centrally funded universities and institutes will also be present. Since past couple of years, hiring at most of CFIs has been lower, further the institutes have been shut and education has been going on in online mode. The interaction is expected to have some major announcements in this regard. “This is interaction is a part of PM’s personal efforts to ensure our education institutions further improve," an official statement from the ministry read.
Pradhan will hold both skill and education ministries. This will be his first address as education minister. He took over Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank who resigned hours ahead of cabinet rejig. Pradhan’s tenure is expected to initiatives to bridge the gap between education and employment. In his first Tweet after yesterday’s announcement, Pradhan said, “I will be devoted to the construction of the 21st century’s educated, skilled, and Aatmanirbhar (self-reliant) Bharat."