IIT Delhi looking to hire 100 foreign teachers
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi has about 300 (30%) faculty positions lying vacant and this has been the case for the last 10 years. The shortage has continued to dog the premier institute despite all attempts to hire competent people. Recruitment interviews at all levels — assistant professor to full professor — take place every six months.
“Our bar for faculty recruitment is high. So we are not able to find suitable candidates. We would rather leave the positions vacant than fill them with sub-standard faculty,” says Prof. V. Ramgopal Rao, Director of IIT Delhi.
But things are beginning to change thanks to being recognised as an Institute of Eminence. As an Institute of Eminence, IIT Delhi can now recruit foreign nationals for faculty positions with greater ease. Five foreign nationals have already been recruited as faculty on contract for five years, extendable based on performance.
“We have 300 faculty positions lying vacant and we intend filling one-third (100) of them by hiring foreign nationals. This does not include people of Indian origin,” says Prof. Rao.
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