IITs to work to­gether to re­cruit for­eign fac­ulty

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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.

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