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NRI scholars interested in joining Presidency faculty

The Presidency University has started getting positive response from NRI scholars at Harvard, Boston and MIT who want to join as faculty of the prestigious institute. The development was revealed by Chairman of the government appointed mentor group Sugato Bose.

“Teachers and scholars across the world are getting in touch with the mentor group, asking when recruitment will start,” said mentor group chairman Sugato Bose.

“A young investigators’ meet is being convened at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institutes of Technology (MIT) between October 8 and 10. I have made sure that the report and recommendations of the mentor committee, along with a list of scholars in the search committee who will recruit teachers, be made available to the young investigators, who are contemplating returning to India. 300 Indian scholars who have completed their studies in the USA will be present at the meet. Representatives of several other Indian institutes will also be there,” said Bose.

Bose added that the prospects of top –notch scholars joining the university looks even more bright as National Knowledge Network will connect leading research institutes to the university.

“I came to know that the National Knowledge Network is already working on the internal network connection within the university. The link, once established, will connect the university with leading online research institutes, libraries,” Bose added.

The first report by the mentor group suggests a fair mechanism for teacher recruitment process. The group has suggested an amendment of the Presidency University Act to set up a search committee to ensure transparency in the recruitment of teachers. A few among those who have consented to be a part of the selection committee include Gayatri Chakravorty Spivac, professor of English at Columbia University , Manindra Agarwal, head of computer science engineering at IIT Kanpur, Raghavendra Gadakkar, faculty at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

A lucrative compensation to attract best academics from across the world, visiting professors has also been suggested to the state government.

[Source: Times of India]
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