The composition of the search-cum selection committee for the director's post of IITs has been changed.
Usually, IIT council and selection committee will select the chairpersons from University Grants Commission (UGC) and All India Council for Technical Council (AICTE) for the post of IIT director. Now it has been changed.
The new format decision was taken last week in a meeting between IIT councils and government officials.
The decision was made in order to free faculty members from laboratory / workshop responsibilities, so that they can concentrate on research and teaching.
The overall ratio of faculty technical staff has been increased to 1:1.1 to 1:1.3.
The selection committee has also been empowered to give the incumbent director another term if it feels that he/she has "demonstrated outstanding capabilities in providing leadership to the institution and accomplished some of the goals set out for the institutions".
"The change has been made as per the regulations of the department of personnel and training which stipulates that members of the selection committee should be one rank above the post for which selection is to be made. The chairpersons of UGC and AICTE are in the same rank and pay as directors of IITs," an official said.
HRD minister will be the new selection committee chairperson. It will consist of two members from the Standing Committee of IIT Council (SCIC) to be selected by the chairperson.
In case the chairperson of the SCIC happens to be the chairperson of the IIT concerned, then the chairperson of the board of governors of another IIT will be nominated by the HRD minister.
Additional secretary or joint secretary in-charge of technical education in the HRD ministry will serve the selection committee as non-member secretary. This is the second time after the Institutes of Technology Act, 1963 was passed that change has been made in the composition of the selection committee. In the 1980s, chairperson AICTE was included as a member.