Centre sets ball rolling for process to give IIT directors a second term

The HRD Ministry has started the process to grant “outstanding” IIT directors a second term.

Written by Anubhuti Vishnoi | New Delhi | Published: December 2, 2013 5:33:11 am

The HRD Ministry has started the process to grant “outstanding” IIT directors a second term. A committee comprising J J Irani,Rodham Narasimhan,M M Sharma and Anil Kakodkar,chairman of the IIT Bombay board of governors,and secretary (higher education),HRD ministry,has been set up to assess the performance of IITB director Devang Khakhar for a possible second term.

The contribution of Khakhar,who retires in June 2014,to building the institution as a global brand and research hub,introduction of new academic programmes,faculty retention and development,academic,administrative and financial reforms,revenue generation,collaboration with the industry,infrastructure development and achieving national goals will be considered.

Only if the committee finds his performance “outstanding”,will he get an automatic second term. If a director is found to be “good” or “very good”,s/he will not be immediately recommended for a second term and applications will be invited for the top job. An incumbent director will,however,be free to apply afresh.

Keeping in mind both scenarios,the ministry has initiated the selection process almost nine months before Khakhar retires to ensure the IITB top post does not remain vacant at any point.

Directors of six other IITs also complete terms next year and they too will be considered for an extension.

The IIT council okayed the new appointment process,recommended by its standing committee,at a meeting on September 16,2013,after an extensive debate during which some felt such a system would “compromise the opportunity for wider contestation”.

However,the proposal was cleared with council members insisting on a “rigorous evaluation” of incumbent directors and due consideration of their annual appraisal and external peer review committee on institutional performance reports.

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