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President nod for appointment of 5 new IITs directors

As per reports, around 17 candidates were interviewed by the panel and the names will be sent to the President, who is the Visitor for approval.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 7, 2017 6:23 pm
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President Pranab Mukherjee has approved Union Human Resource Development Ministry’s proposal for appointment of the directors to five new IITs — Tirupati, Palakkad, Bhilai-Durg, Goa and Dharwad.

All the five Directors have been appointed for a period of five years. According to sources, Prof K N Satyanarayana had been appointed as the Director of IIT Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh while Prof P B Sunil Kumar has been appointed as the Director of IIT Palakkad, Kerala.

Prof Rajat Moona has been appointed the Director of IIT Bhilai-Durg while Prof B K Mishra, the Director of IIT Goa. For IIT Dharwad in Karnataka the name of Prof Seshu Pasumarthy has been approved by the President, sources said.

Earlier a Search Cum Selection Committee appointed by the Prakash Javadekar-led HRD ministry had recommended the names after holding interviews of several highly distinguished people with outstanding academic record and experience for posts of Directors to these new IITs.

The Director of an IIT is the academic as well as the administrative head of the prestigious institution.

Following the interviews, the ministry had forwarded the names to the President, who is the Visitor of these central institution of higher education, for his approval.

As per reports, around 17 candidates were interviewed by the panel and the names will be sent to the President, who is the Visitor for approval.

In May 2016, the HRD Ministry invited applications for the post of Directors at six new IITs. According to an official notification, the candidates age should not be more than 60 years and need to have adequate (a minimum of 5 years) administrative, teaching and research experience (including significant experience in research guidance at the Ph.D. level).

With the addition of these new institutes, the total number of IITs has now gone up to 23.

— with inputs from PTI

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  1. I
    IML sood
    Jan 7, 2017 at 4:07 pm
    Absurd comments !
    1. D
      Jan 7, 2017 at 5:30 pm
      Why there is so much fuss about the administrative position such as Director? Why some are keen in occupying such positions? Invariably , it is seen that in their first career these scholars do excellent research and based on their amazing research contribution, try for for the position of administrators. In my view, this is incorrect. Researcher must continue research. You cannot do two jobs such as a researcher and also an administrator, at one time. There could be a few exception but exceptions do not prove the rule. After completing Government inning, they get into science administration of the nation which bring them name and fame in the country, also they closer to power centers and some of them do get rewarded. Unfortunately,In spite of these awards, the worldwide academic community hardly invite them for seminars/ talks at their cost. lt;br/gt;In summary, unfortunately, intelligent scholars prefer to be science managers than ( administrative) powerless researchers. This is the tragedy in our country. lt;br/gt;A true researcher must continue his/ her research till he/ she lives without aspiring for benefits.lt;br/gt;FYIlt;br/gt;Some years back, Professor from Princeton university joined Head, Stanford. Just around 2 years, he found the job uninteresting and decided to go back from where he came..This is known as the pion for teaching/ research. Researcher never retires as science is not tired of him/ her nor he/ she is not tired of science. Administrators do retire after 65 years and try to get into politics of science,.lt;br/gt;Professor Ashok Deshpande PhD
      1. Babubhai Vaghela
        Jan 7, 2017 at 3:13 pm
        Selection of Directors of IITs Legal Without Inviting Applications by Public Notice Dear #PresidentOfIndia?
        1. A
          Jan 8, 2017 at 4:26 am
          in india it is just a position to make more money