A new research scholar scheme will be proposed in the IIT Council meeting next week, the scheme proposes to identify 1,000 bright B.Tech students from the Indian Institutes of Technologies and other premier engineering institutions. These students will be admitted straight into Ph.D programmes.
Under this programme, B.Tech students in the IITs will register for Ph.D immediately on completion of the undergraduate course.
The quality of research depends on people who undertake it and that is why it is important the best minds are encouraged to take it, the India Today quoted a top HRD official as saying.
"A committee headed by former director of IIT Mumbai Anil Kakodkar recommended that third year students of IITs and NITs should be initiated into PhD programmes," an official said.
Sources said that "IITs will be asked if it is possible to get exceptional students into PhD immediately after BTech". It would also be proposed that "BTech passouts from IITs who have job experience and are interested in research should be enrolled in PhD," they added.
"The idea is to make research attractive to the fresh IIT passouts so that they can focus their energies on path breaking research which can throw up solutions and strengthen the academic environment in the long run," the report quoted an unnamed official as saying.
According to TOI, the larger idea of this scheme is to solve the problem of faculty crunch in IITs. Though there are around 2,000 Ph.Ds coming out of IITs every year, the number faulty vacancies is high. The IITs are very selective when hiring teachers. The scheme can prove to attractive to bright students and improve quality of faculty at the IITs.