The External Affairs Ministry has rejected a proposal to liberalise visa norms to allow foreign teachers to take up permanent faculty posts at the Indian Institutes of Technology. The current rule that asks for every foreign faculty to re-obtain their work visa every five years will remain unchanged confirmed government and IIT sources. The decision has dashed the hopes of the top technical institutes of the country to keep foreign teachers as permanent faculty. It is to be noted that IITs are battling with serious faculty crunch.
The proposal was sent to External Affais Ministry after HRD Minister Kapil Sibal announced the plan to fill up to 10% of IIT’s permanent teaching posts with foreign faculty. The proposal was also approved by the IIT Council.
“We will need to continue to offer contractual appointments – something we wanted to, and quite frankly, need to change,” an IIT Director said.
Each IIT is facing a faculty crunch between 15 and 40% with a total of over 1,000 faculty posts vacant across the premier engineering schools.
Although IITs have received applications from foreign faculty, including Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) keen to teach at the IITs. But the institutes are arguing that the present nature of occupation offered as a visiting or ad-hoc faculty do act as a deterrent to attract the best of foreign teachers.
[Source: Hindustan Times]