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IIT-Delhi ad for dog handler post creates buzz on social media, institute issues clarification

The notice for the non-academic position, a contractual job for security office at the campus, has garnered much attention for two reasons -- the salary and eligibility criteria.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 6, 2020 4:17:30 pm
iit delhi, iit delhi jobs, dog handler job iit delhi, dog handler job notice viral, job vacancy, latest govt job vacancy notice, viral news, delhi news, indian expressWhile dog lovers were thrilled, others found the salary absurd. (File photo)

A recruitment notice by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi for the position of a dog handler had created quite a buzz on social media. Issuing a clarification, the institute said it had cancelled the current recruitment process after the error was brought to the notice of higher authorities and a fresh process would be initiated to hire a consultant for taking  proper care of the large number of stray dogs on the campus.

The notice for the non-academic position, a contractual job for security office at the campus, had garnered attention for two reasons — the salary and eligibility criteria. According to the advertisement, the job is open for people between 21 and 35 years old, male or female, and the salary can go up to Rs 45,000 per month. A similar job profile under Delhi Police has a salary of around Rs 20,000.

While for most job applications in this position, the usual minimum qualification is of 10+2, the notice by IIT-Delhi states “B.A/B.Sc/B.Com/B.Tech or any equivalent undergraduate degree” as the eligibility criteria.

“Applications are invited from Indian Citizens for the 01 post of Dog Handler on purely contract basis under Security Office, IIT Delhi. The appointment may be made initially for a period of 03 months, renewable further subject to requirement & satisfactory work performance,” the notice read on the institution’s website.

And that’s not all. The applicant also had to have a four-wheeler to be able to drive the dog to a veterinarian if needed. A photo of the advertisement was widely shared on social media, including messaging apps like WhatsApp, as people found it very unusual.

The debate over the post resulted in the director of the institute clarified that the qualification of B.Tech was added by mistake from another hiring advertisement.

“Guys, this was a mistake. I checked. If you see the job description, they are seeking a Bachelors in Veterinary Sciences. By mistake, B.Tech etc got copied from another advertisement. Humans make mistakes. Let’s leave it at that,” tweeted IIT director V. Ramgopal Rao.

“A fresh process in due course will be initiated to hire a consultant (on purely contract basis) with suitable minimum qualification required for the job profile that involves proper care of a large number of stray dogs on the campus (providing them medical aid like vaccination, medicine, IV drip etc. and food), handling of issues and challenges relating to stray dogs, liaison with campus community- students, employees, construction workers etc, local government bodies and NGOs,” the statement by IIT-Delhi said.

The ad also specified that the candidate must be “adept in English and Hindi”, know about vaccination, providing medical aid, and administering medicines. The ad said that an applicant should also be able to coordinate with NGOs for sterilisation.

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