Four panels to look into governance reforms for IITs


The Ministry of Education (MoE) has arrange 4 committees to discover a variety of governance reforms for the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), together with extra autonomy for an institute’s Board of Governors (BoG) and restructuring membership of the Senate.

This is the incumbent’s authorities’s second try at exploring the potential of giving extra autonomy to the BoGs at IITs.

The 4 committees had been arrange in December final yr on the behest of Dr. Ok Radhakrishnan, chairman of the IIT Council’s Standing Committees.

In a letter written to Higher Education Secretary Amit Khare final yr, Radhakrishnan had instructed that the Boards of six IITs, to start with, be given graded autonomy in 2021. The letter doesn’t elaborate on the character of independence however states that the federal government ought to proceed to appoint the institute director and Board chairman.


An earlier try

In 2018, the ministry had arrange a seven-member panel, headed by former IIT-Kanpur chairman M Anandkrishnan to discover the feasibility of diluting authorities management over the 23 IITs. The Anandkrishnan committee had sought powers comparable to the 20 IIMs to appoint their very own institute heads and chairmen.

The second committee will discover making a expertise pool of IIT professors with the potential to change into a director and groom them for the highest job. This, Radhakrishnan mentioned in his letter, will assist save the time taken by an institute director to evolve as a tutorial chief.

The third committee will look into restructuring the Senate at every IIT. The Senate is the best decision-making physique of an IIT for all educational functions. All everlasting lecturers are members of the Senate. Radhakrishnan instructed reforming the physique’s membership citing the unwieldy variety of lecturers who’re half o the Senate.

“It is obvious that the Senate of the older IITs have grown too large in size (a few 100s of professors) for effective decision-making. Maybe the strength of the Senate should be pegged at as a percentage of the faculty size wih one-third of the membership being refreshed every year through a systematic process,” Radhakrishnan’s letter addressed to Kahre states.

The fourth committee is tasked with modern strategies by which the IITs can elevate funds exterior of presidency grants.


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