Friday, 17 April 2015

New directors at three IITs

The three new IITs at Ropar, Patna and Bhuwaneshwar finally get a director each. Economic Times' story here.
The ministry appointed Pushpak Bhattacharya, a computer science professor of IIT Bombay, as the new director of IIT Patna. Sarit Kumar Das, professor of mechanical engineering at IIT Madras, will be the director of IIT Ropar and RV Rajakumar, an electronics professor from IIT Kharagpur, the new director of IIT Bhuwaneshwar. 
The appointments were shrouded in controversy last month, when Kakodkar, chairman of IIT Bombay and member of selection panel, quit ahead of the crucial meeting of the search-cum-selection committee on March 22 to interview candidates.
The appointment has been long overdue and has been hampering the functioning of these IITs due to the current directors working on an ad-hoc basis with stripped down powers.

See also the interesting story at Telegraph on how to pick IIT directors.

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