Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal has backed Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh’s statement that the IITs and IIMs did not have world class faculty. Sibal has infact questioned whether any of India’s institutions are world-class.
“In the situation today, is even one of our institutions world class? If it is world class, it must be in the top 100, 150 institutions in the world. That is not evident,” Sibal said, a day after Jairam Ramesh declared that the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) had quality students but not faculty.
Responding on the Jairam Ramesh’s statement, Sibal also added that the environment minister must be talking about his own experience.
“Of course, Jairam is talking about himself because he is a world class student and he is an IITian himself, so he has insider knowledge himself.”
The environment minister’s statement also received support from the alumni associations from IIT Delhi and IIT Kharagpur. These associations demanded higher salary and perks for IIT teaching faculty to attract new minds in faculty to sustain IIT brand globally.
“Opening of new IITs by government without recruiting new faculty has already burdened the existing faculty in IITs. Almost every citizen in the country is paying education cess to ensure that our gurus (IIT and other teachers) are paid well. Most of the IITs are already facing faculty shortage,” said IIT Kharagpur Alumni Association member Y.P.S. Suri.
“The current pay scales of IIT faculty are so unattractive that a fresh graduate from IIT attracts more salary,” he said.
Programme director of the IIT Delhi Alumni Association V.K. Saluja agreed. “We appeal to the government to make faculty salary levels inspiring enough to attract new minds. Adding new IITs has made this problem more acute and hence the urgency of the matter,” he said in a statement.[Source: Economic Times]