Smriti's process to select IIT directors questioned

A senior professor of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) has questioned the process adopted by Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani for the selection of the directors of the premier technical institutes.

“The current selection process reduces the prestige and respect of the director. It is clear to all stakeholders that the selection as a director was partly a lottery, and partly a result of connections,” Dheeraj Sanghi, former dean Academics and a professor of Computer Science at IIT Kanpur, has said in his blog.

“Indeed, connections are extremely important, since we know that the members (of the search-cum-selection committee) are not super humans, and make up their mind about someone being good or bad for a job in 10 minutes (or even 30 minutes) only because they knew the candidate earlier,” he added.

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This comes days after Irani conducted a fresh interview of all 36 candidates who had applied for the post of director of IIT-Patna, Ropar and Bhubaneswar, scrapping a list of 13 persons shortlisted by a joint search-cum-selection committee.

The Union Minister , who heads the committee, set aside the suggestions of the members of the panel and went ahead with her decision to conduct the interview of all the candidates afresh even as nuclear scientist Anil Kakodkar resigned as member of the committee in protest and did not join her to interview candidates.

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