Published: 26th March 2017
No jobs for alumni: IIT Roorkee Director says he won't hire his PhDs as staff because it's like 'marrying into family'
At a time when everything is Make in India, IIT-Roorkee's director says that he is keen on bringing in the best internstional and domestic faculty, instead of hiring alums to teach at IIT
Beat this. Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee's (IIT-R) Director Ajit Kumar Chaturvedi has said that he doesn't like the idea of hiring PhD scholars who study there to become faculty because it would be like "marrying into your own family". What's his solution? FDI. Quite simply, hiring more foreign (and desi) faculty because he believes that they're way better.
Explaining why IIT-R will not be hiring its own PhD students as faculty members on completion of their course despite their academic and research credentials, he said, "We are not open to hiring our own PhD students as faculty members and would prefer to hire best faculty from across the country and the globe. Hiring your own students is like marrying in your own family," IIT Roorkee Director Ajit Kumar Chaturvedi told.
Foreign faculty in IITs can work as contractual employees for five years. The contract is renewable and though they are not offered permanent positions, they get paid at par with faculty members in India
He also says that it is in their alumnis best interest. "It is a very regressive practice as somebody who has studied here only will not get fresh ideas as their umbilical cord will never be broken. He or she will have seniors and teachers to support and guide so the person will never develop an individuality despite his academic and research credentials," he added.
Ajit Kumar Chaturvedi
We are not open to hiring our own PhD students as faculty members and would prefer to hire best faculty from across the country and the globe. Hiring your own students is like marrying in your own family
Ajit Kumar Chaturvedi, Director - IIT Roorkee
The premier institute, however, is welcoming its BTech students to pursue PhD on completion of their engineering degrees. It also plans to hire more foreign faculty members as the government has relaxed norms for hiring foreign faculty in IITs. "There are foreign faculty members in IITs right now as well, but they are just a handful because of stringent government norms. However, the norms are getting relaxed now to let us hire more foreign nationals," Chaturvedi said.
After paving the way for direct admission of BTech students in PhD courses, the HRD Ministry has also come up with a Prime Minister's Research fellowship under which Selected PhD fellows at receive Rs 75,000 per month but will have to return the entire amount if they leave the course midway. The scheme, however, is yet to get the Cabinet nod.
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