IIT foreign faculty move stalled by Home Ministry

Create: 06/30/2011 - 12:09

The Indian Institutes of Technology have to wait longer before they could recruit foreign faculty on permanent basis as Home Ministry has stalled appointments. The premier institutes will not be able to recruit even candidates with Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cards that give them most economic rights available to the Indian citizens.

Although HRD ministry has given nod to the hiring of foreign faculty but home ministry has said that hiring even OCI card holders — as IIT, Delhi, was doing — is against the Citizenship Act of 1955, in the absence of a special government order sources said.

“It is a setback…and although we expect to sort this out within the government, it has embarrassed IIT, Delhi. It could also end up hurting all the other IITs since foreign faculty — already wary of Indian bureaucracy — may now rethink whether they want to come to the IITs,” a senior official said.

Now, MHRD will take up the issue with the home ministry and the ministry of external affairs (MEA) to try and obtain an in-principle approval from them for the appointment of foreign faculty at the IITs, sources added.

“Instead of case-by-case approvals, we want to try and get the home ministry and the MEA agreed to our plan as a general principle, to avoid repeated embarrassments of this nature,” a source said.

Earlier, the IIT Council —  the highest decision making body of the IITs — headed by HRD minister Kapil Sibal agreed to the proposal and decided to allow the Institutes to fill up to 10 % of their permanent teaching posts with foreign faculty.

But early in 2011, the MEA raised objections refusing to liberalise visa norms to allow foreigners to hold permanent jobs in India. However, later on it allowed faculty to be hired on a five-year contract which can be renewed.

[Source: Hindustan Times]

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Is there really a need to hire foreign faculty? Can someone please give us the advantages of foreign faculty?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

When the IIT Council headed by the HRD minister Mr. Kapil Sibal agreed to the proposal to fill up to 10 % of their permanent teaching posts with foreign faculty, I think that the Home Ministry and the Ministry of External Affairs should allow this. As such there is shortage of faculty in IITs and all other technical institutes and the IITs are suffering due to sudden expansion. Moreover, to give a true international status to hte IITs, there should be foreign teachers as well as students in IITs. Our bureucracy should not hamper the academic growth of the country.

But early in 2011, the MEA raised objections

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Nicely said Vikram... I too do not feel that there exists any need to hire foreign faculty. If we see it from an analytical perspective I find two dimensions atlest in it.

1. Probably IITs and IIMs suffer from some sort of inferiority complex or have made a lot of compromises as regards to quality of faculty members they have already hired. Probably they have become a become a liability for IITs and IIMs.

To me this hints at recruitment and selection process being faulty or value system of indivuduals in selection committee being compromised. In such a scenario, faculty members of foreign origin too will make in with compromised qualifications and boasted (but not real) qualities.

2. They are also turning blind eye on the developments that are happenning around. These days their western counterparts (who along with their nations are mortgaged to Asia) are on look out for hiring best of indian talent.

Even Harvard failed to find any one else but an Individual of Indian origin to head their B - School. Same is the case with majority of academic and research institutions around the globe.

The Curse

Majority of such individuals left the country due to harrasment and exploitation faced at the hands of their seniors (having less intelect to withstand them) or when they were not provided any opportunity on pretext of hiring quality faculty from some foreign country.

Will not add anything more. Hope its much to epress my feelings.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

I fail to understand why the institute of national importances are nowadays feeling unsecured, inferior.....????? If so, immediately, the MHR should deport such institutions from the list of national importances. It's unfortunate that the world second largest population, economically & GDP concerned developed country behaves like this. There are so many educated unemployed youths, so many poor sections/sectors are hoping their good days......Is it our strategy to fill in the weaker sectors by the foreigners for its upliftment?? We are neglecting our own resources due to poor governence and dirty politics. Don't forget the entry by the name of the East India Company in our undivided country. Thereafter what happens?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

There is absolutely no need to recruit foreign faculties in any of our universities and colleges including IITs. There is already an acute unemployment problem among educated youth of the country, who are willing to take up teaching positions in our universities and IITs. This process gets mired in the controversy of nepotism and corruption. I would like to give a specific example to substantiate this point. Please look at the people who have been appointed as Directors of IISERs in this country. They are one way or other kins of top people holding advisory positions in the government. The argument may be in favor of the merit of such individuals, rather than the play of nepotism. But this is not true. A case is being built up as if other equally qualified people are not available. This is also not true. Therefore if you allow the appointment of foreign faculty or overseas Indians the same foul-play will be enacted by our so called government-advisors' coterie which strangle-holds the selection process. This should never be allowed to happen.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

It is very nice idea to recruit foreign faculty to the IITs and other institution of national importance but the question is whether foreign faculty will agree to work with the conditions/facilities, which have been provided to exiting faculty of IITs or foreign faculty will be given special status/facilities to work.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Hiring foreign faculty is essential to open up academics in India to international thought. Education system of every country has (academic) strengths and weaknesses, and bringing in people from various nationalities allows for smoothing these over.

Some people have wanted to know why we need foreign faculty, and whether faculty feel inferior etc: Answer is No. On the other hand, it is a sign of strength that we welcome international faculty because we feel we are on par with them, and each can offer something to the other. In fact, the most prosperous USA welcomes international faculty whether Indian, Chinese, European or other, and have benefited from it.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Most of the institutions of highest class in the world have foreign faculty/research fellows/students. If the criteria is really merit based then no one should have objection to it. The problem of unemployment etc. has nothing to do with it as in all IITs taken together may be they will be able to hire about 100 such persons. In fact many of them may be persons of Indian origin. However, the rich exposure they will bring will give a good boost to research in IITs. The process will not yield good results if the selections are not governed by merit.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

To improve the quality of education, the Govt should clear all the technical hurdles and recruit the eminent faculty from anywhere in the world. Induction of foreign faculty would also stimulate (dormant?) quality consciousness among our own faculty.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

I dont understand why our system get involve in some such situations which are usual and common in western world. Say for eample thousands of Indian are going to US and UK and other western countries as a Visiting scholars and returns after completing 3 months to 2 years term, but we have never heard of any dispute while being there. But when it is time for reciprocation comes then see the contradictions among different Ministeries and also among ourselves.
We should hail the steps of IIT Council to pass a resolution in this effect and withous any discussion it would lead to better teaching and research atmosphere in pemier bodies. There is no question of feeling insecure or dilution of standards when we call and appoint foreigner as a pedagouge in our system It is an ancient culture in our nation and scriptures are full of such descriptions.
For making rapid progress and ensuring a reasonable image of any excellent system, we can not afford to ignore such mutual assignments and appointments. I request among the members of faculty to vigourously support inviting foreign faculty members here and let MHA should offer all such power to IITs or other bodies to decide finally on this matter. If not withdrawn then we woud be scoffed among our counterparts in US, UK and Canada.

It will help in quality education. But the problem still remains is the kind of facilities available.
Secondly, Indian faculty at the college level should also get exposure and experience of teaching at the foreign universities.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

There are thousands of Indians working abroad. Why does India be so racial? Let us also open the boarders. I do not think it will increase unemployment. This is because being a faculty in any IIT is not for common man but for talented and well trained people.
However most of the faculty appointments in IIT's are corrupted. This is based on contacts/casts etc. This is very clear from the CV of new faculties recruited in IIT's. Some of them are very pathetic.

IIT faculty appointments must be based on the quality of the scientific work carried out. ie. based on the publication number and quality (impact factor). IIT must publish the top five short listed peoples CV in the website and mention who came first and got selected

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

There are thousands of Indians working abroad. Why does India be so racial? Let us also open the boarders. I do not think it will increase unemployment. This is because being a faculty in any IIT is not for common man but for talented and well trained people.
However most of the faculty appointments in IIT's are corrupted. This is based on contacts/casts etc. This is very clear from the CV of new faculties recruited in IIT's. Some of them are very pathetic.
IIT faculty appointments must be based on the quality of the scientific work carried out. ie. based on the publication number and quality (impact factor). IIT must publish the top five short listed peoples CV in the website and mention who came first and got selected

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