IITs to work together to recruit foreign faculty
23 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are likely to come together to recruit foreign faculty in order to boost their global rankings. The ministry of human resource development (HRD) has asked the institutes to put up a collective front and collaborate during their visits to foreign campuses and research organisations to recruit foreign faculties, including research scholars of Indian origin.
Number of foreign faculties and their research work are some of the key factors in various global university ranking processes and the IITs are likely to discuss this mechanism of collaboration in the forthcoming IIT Council meeting.
Officials think the pay package could be an issue while recruiting foreign faculty. To tackle this, the time of recruiting the IITs will ideally target the young scholars in foreign campuses who are fresh out of university after completing their PhD.
IIT Madras International and alumni relations dean R Nagarajan said, “Recruiting foreign faculty will not only improve the research profile of the institute, but also ensure faster innovations.”
Of the 600 faculty at IIM-Madras, there are around five foreign faculties and it is aiming at bringing it to around 5%. Meanwhile, IITs of Delhi and Mumbai after getting the Institute of Excellence status can recruit foreign faculty up to 30% of the total strength and have the autonomy to decide on the pay package.