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Hiring of IIT directors to be made more transparent

Posted on: January 19, 2011

By Times of India
NEW DELHI: The Indian Institute of Technology Council meeting on Friday would make the system of appointment of directors more transparent. The council would also consider a proposal from the Mauritius government to set up an International Institute of Technology.

For the first time, the council will give clearance to set up an Open Access Institutional Repository that will feature research papers by IIT students and faculty on a common platform. IIT sources said, directors are now appointed only through a search process in which many people are invited to apply for the job. Also, senior academicians recommend names to search committee. “The current system is not transparent,” a source said. The new system will entail search-cum-selection. Jobs for IIT directors will be advertised.

“It will expand the sphere of selection. Even senior academicians from abroad can apply. There are many people of Indian origin who want to come back, but are unaware of job prospects,” the source said. The new system would be implemented in case of IIT, Delhi, since its director would be completing his tenure in October.

Setting up of International Institute of Technology in Mauritius is in line with a similar proposal from Singapore. Sources in the HRD ministry said, “IITs can only provide technical support. It should be at no cost to the Indian exchequer.” India is also going to insist that the institute cannot be called IIT, even if it stands for International Institute of Technology.

The IIT Council would decide how the IIT system would cooperate in setting up the proposed institute. Of the various committees set up by the ministry, the one headed by T Ramaswami, secretary of department of science & technology, has given its report on the curriculum review.

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