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IIT foreign faculty move stalled by Home Ministry

The Indian Institutes of Technology have to wait longer before they could recruit foreign faculty on permanent basis as Home Ministry has stalled appointments. The premier institutes will not be able to recruit even candidates with Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cards that give them most economic rights available to the Indian citizens.

Although HRD ministry has given nod to the hiring of foreign faculty but home ministry has said that hiring even OCI card holders — as IIT, Delhi, was doing — is against the Citizenship Act of 1955, in the absence of a special government order sources said.

“It is a setback…and although we expect to sort this out within the government, it has embarrassed IIT, Delhi. It could also end up hurting all the other IITs since foreign faculty — already wary of Indian bureaucracy — may now rethink whether they want to come to the IITs,” a senior official said.

Now, MHRD will take up the issue with the home ministry and the ministry of external affairs (MEA) to try and obtain an in-principle approval from them for the appointment of foreign faculty at the IITs, sources added.

“Instead of case-by-case approvals, we want to try and get the home ministry and the MEA agreed to our plan as a general principle, to avoid repeated embarrassments of this nature,” a source said.

Earlier, the IIT Council —  the highest decision making body of the IITs — headed by HRD minister Kapil Sibal agreed to the proposal and decided to allow the Institutes to fill up to 10 % of their permanent teaching posts with foreign faculty.

But early in 2011, the MEA raised objections refusing to liberalise visa norms to allow foreigners to hold permanent jobs in India. However, later on it allowed faculty to be hired on a five-year contract which can be renewed.

[Source: Hindustan Times]

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22 thoughts on “IIT foreign faculty move stalled by Home Ministry”

  1. I dont understand why our system get involve in some such situations which are usual and common in western world. Say for eample thousands of Indian are going to US and UK and other western countries as a Visiting scholars and returns after completing 3 months to 2 years term, but we have never heard of any dispute while being there. But when it is time for reciprocation comes then see the contradictions among different Ministeries and also among ourselves.
    We should hail the steps of IIT Council to pass a resolution in this effect and withous any discussion it would lead to better teaching and research atmosphere in pemier bodies. There is no question of feeling insecure or dilution of standards when we call and appoint foreigner as a pedagouge in our system It is an ancient culture in our nation and scriptures are full of such descriptions.
    For making rapid progress and ensuring a reasonable image of any excellent system, we can not afford to ignore such mutual assignments and appointments. I request among the members of faculty to vigourously support inviting foreign faculty members here and let MHA should offer all such power to IITs or other bodies to decide finally on this matter. If not withdrawn then we woud be scoffed among our counterparts in US, UK and Canada.

  2. It will help in quality education. But the problem still remains is the kind of facilities available.
    Secondly, Indian faculty at the college level should also get exposure and experience of teaching at the foreign universities.

  3. There are thousands of Indians working abroad. Why does India be so racial? Let us also open the boarders. I do not think it will increase unemployment. This is because being a faculty in any IIT is not for common man but for talented and well trained people.
    However most of the faculty appointments in IIT’s are corrupted. This is based on contacts/casts etc. This is very clear from the CV of new faculties recruited in IIT’s. Some of them are very pathetic.

    IIT faculty appointments must be based on the quality of the scientific work carried out. ie. based on the publication number and quality (impact factor). IIT must publish the top five short listed peoples CV in the website and mention who came first and got selected

  4. There are thousands of Indians working abroad. Why does India be so racial? Let us also open the boarders. I do not think it will increase unemployment. This is because being a faculty in any IIT is not for common man but for talented and well trained people.
    However most of the faculty appointments in IIT’s are corrupted. This is based on contacts/casts etc. This is very clear from the CV of new faculties recruited in IIT’s. Some of them are very pathetic.
    IIT faculty appointments must be based on the quality of the scientific work carried out. ie. based on the publication number and quality (impact factor). IIT must publish the top five short listed peoples CV in the website and mention who came first and got selected

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