Emphasising that research will remain top priority for Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IIT-KGP), Professor Partha Pratim Chakrabarti, who was appointed as the institute’s director on Saturday, said the institute would emerge as a premier research and innovation-based educational institution by 2020.

IIT-KGP will also continue with its drive to attract bright young faculty to the institute, which now has a little over 50 per cent of the sanctioned strength, he told journalists on the sidelines of IIT-KGP’s 59th convocation ceremony.

Since January, the institute has made 70 new offers of entry-level appointment, most of which have received a positive response. “The IIT faculty is a homogenous mass across the country. We do not want to create a heterogeneous mass of faculty members by compromising on quality of the faculty,” Prof. Chakrabarti said.

The institute, with about 10,000 students, should have about 1,000 faculty members as the sanctioned teacher-student ratio for IITs is 1:10, officials said.

On increasing the number of research students, Prof. Chakrabarti said the institute planned to increase the intake of Ph.D students. “At present, the number of Ph.D students is 10 per cent of the entire intake. We want to increase it to 20 per cent in the next five years and to 30 per cent in the future,” he said.

IIT-KGP is likely to start imparting medical education by 2016 after the completion of a 400-bed hospital at the institute. The institute is exploring, whether without changing the IIT Act, medical programmes could be offered, Prof. Chakrabarti said.

According to him, graduates coming out of the proposed medical school and trained in different streams of bio-engineering would be a “new breed of doctors.”

IIT-KGP is considering a tie-up with Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore College and Imperial College, London for biomedical research and medical education, Prof. Chakrabarti said.

The plans to increase the intake of PhD students to 30 per cent in the future