In a bid to motivate the faculty to do quality research, the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad has put in place a new performance measurement system in which research will be given as much weightage as teaching in the annual appraisals of its faculty.
Earlier, research and related activities were considered only for promotions or for confirming teachers on probation. An IIM-A faculty is allowed to spend 53 days in a year for advisory and consulting work, which generates revenues for the institute.
"Research has become our main focus now. When the institute was set up (in 1961), India was nowhere in the global academic community. Also, nobody in the world was interested in India. The situation has changed. We now work with global organisations that have huge interest in Indian issues," said Ajay Pandey, dean (faculty) at IIM-A.
Faculty members will now need to do more research and get their work published in various journals, domestic as well as international. "If any research work is published in a top international journal, the faculty member would get higher credits. If a faculty member exceeds expectations, he will get higher credits, this will help them in their career," Pandey added.
IIM-A has to focus on research if it wants to be one of the world's top five institutes, said Nayan Parikh, president of IIM-A Alumni Association (Ahmedabad Chapter). "Research will also increase industry interface."
IIM-Bangalore and IIM-Calcutta have already stepped up emphasis on research. The former gave approximately 50% emphasis to research in faculty appraisals last year and the latter has allowed faculty to do more research and less teaching if they so desire.
In 2010-2011, IIM-A faculty members published 19 books, six monographs, 57 journal articles, 25 book chapters and 103 articles in periodicals and dailies. The faculty also wrote 140 cases during the year for use in various courses.
The faculty, research staff and doctoral students of the institute also wrote 47 working papers, presented 159 papers and gave 121 lectures at various conferences and seminars. The institute is still compiling the data of research work for the year 2011-12.
However, it is to be noted that while the number of students in the institute has almost doubled in the past few years the number of faculty has not increased. IIM-A has around 85 faculty members and has been trying to increase it to 120 for the past few years.
[Source: Economic Times]