The Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IIT-H) is ahead of all the new IITs achieving 100 per cent faculty recruitment while all others suffer from faculty shortage ranging from 35 to 53 per cent.
Out of the 90 sanctioned posts for the new IITs, the IIT-H has filled all the posts, and now it has faculty strength of 94 in relation to the student strength of 1,100. The institute can now recruit an additional faculty for every 10 students added.
The new IITS were set up at Hyderabad, Mandi, Jodhpur, Gandhinagar, Ropar, Indore, Bhubaneswar and Patna in 2008.
However, the situation is quite pathetic in most of them. Figures of MHRD reveal that the IIT Indore has just 37 per cent positions recruited, while Jodhpur and Bubaneshwar institutes have 38 and 39 per cent faculty filled. All others have less than 50 per cent positions filled except IIT-Mandi where 53 per cent are filled.
“We made a conscious effort to fill up the posts as IITs are known by their faculty. It doesn’t mean that we recruited whoever applied. Quality is always the prime parameter for us,” the IIT-H Director, U.B. Desai said.
This is despite new and innovative courses being offered by the five-year old institute. The IIT-H is the only institute to offer an innovative course in B.Tech Engineering Science.
It exposed students to broad based engineering for two-and-half years and the remaining one-and-half years they can specialise in subjects from engineering streams such as Mechanical, Civil, Electrical or Computer Science or subjects in Humanities like Psychology or Economics. It was able to recruit faculty for such new courses too.
Locational advantage, some teachers feel, is the main reason for the good faculty strength. The city is well connected and known as IT and science destination.
“IT industry and several scientific and research institutions that can complement research interests of the faculty is making them opt for Hyderabad,” said a professor. “Other new IITs lack such appeal.”
Prof. Desai says that he would like to have more faculty in the Computer Science department, but agrees that there is a severe shortage of qualified candidates across the world in that stream.
The institute that is now functioning from the Ordinance Factory will move to the new campus at Kandi on the Sangareddy highway by December 2013.
“The construction work is picking up pace and we hope to shift to the new campus partially by December 2013,” Prof. Desai said.
Out of the 90 sanctioned posts for the new IITs, the IIT-H has filled all the posts The institute will move to the new campus at Kandi on the Sangareddy highway by Dec. 2013
Out of the 90 sanctioned posts for the new IITs, the IIT-H has filled all the posts
The institute will move to the new campus at Kandi on the Sangareddy highway by Dec. 2013