Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), facing faculties shortage from past 10 years, it failed to take the elite institutes close to teacher-student ratio.
The central government orders, IITs must have a teacher-student ratio of 1:10, but at present, the ratio is an area of concern.
A total of 2,618 faculty positions lying vacant in IITs out of 6,522 sanctioned faculty positions across the nation.
According to the sources, over 40% of the teaching positions are lying vacant in IITs.
While student intake has risen by 54% since 2006 in the wake of the 27% OBC quota and the expansion in the number of seats, the teacher-student ratio at campuses remains to be around 1:15.
"We cannot and do not want to compromise on the quality of teaching faculty just because we are facing staff shortage. We acknowledge that our existing teachers have been taking the extra burden, but we are constantly looking for good people," said IIT-Roorkee director.
It shows just how seriously the IITs are taking their hiring efforts.
IITs are focusing on research prospectus, which academics often give more importance to, than compensation.
IIT Roorkee has invested Rs 185 crore in research and infrastructure in the past 2 years to attract potential students.
However, reaching the optimal faculty numbers will take between five and ten years. Right now quality is critical to the IITs at Mumbai, Kanpur, Roorkee, Delhi, Kharagpur, Chennai and Hyderabad.
In the meantime, they are tapping global networks, beefing up infrastructure and focusing more on research to attract and maintain a steady flow of good faculty.
What IITs are doing about it:
- Tapping global networks to provide leads on and reaching out to potential candidates.
- Increasing the quantum of start-up grants.
- Ramping up research.
- Fast tracking the hiring process.
- Incentive schemes and young faculty awards.
- Providing better housing and facilities.
- Creating job opportunities for spouses, either in campus or nearby.