Monday, December 14, 2009

[ZESTCaste] IITs begin advertising to fill faculty quota seats

IITs begin advertising to fill faculty quota seats

Pradipta Mukherjee / Kolkata December 14, 2009, 0:10 IST

The premier Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are gearing up to
complete the implemention of the scheduled caste (SC), scheduled tribe
(ST) and other backward classes (OBC) quota requirement for faculty
positions from next year.

IIT-Kharagpur, IIT-Bombay and IIT-Roorkee, for instance, have started
the advertising and selection process for these reserved faculty

The IITs have been implementing the student SC/ST/OBC quota for the
last two years and are likely to complete the phased implementation
within a year.

Though the previous HRD minister Arjun Singh had asked the IITs to
introduce the faculty quota, the elite institutes were up in arms
against it. After much uproar, protest and candlelight vigils inside
campuses, they were directed by current HRD Minister Kapil Sibal a few
months back to toe the government line. The ministry has asked IITs to
lay down 15 per cent quota for SC candidates, 7.5 per cent for ST
candidates and 27 per cent quota for other backward classes (OBC) in
teaching positions.

A spokesperson for IIT-Kharagpur, said: "Without any compromise on
qualification, experience and competence, reservation, according to
the government of India rules, is available only at entry-level
positions of Assistant Professor. However, while recruiting faculty
for subjects other than science and technology, reservation shall also
be applied in full including for the posts of Associate Professors and

IIT-Kharagpur has started advertising for fresh faculty intake and is
implementing the ST/ST/OBC faculty reservation from next year, but
primarily at the entry level other than the science and technology
stream which is the thrust area of any IIT.

IIT-Bombay is also implementing the faculty reservation quota from
next year. An official at IIT-Bombay told Business Standard: "This
time the advertisement inviting applications for faculty positions
clearly mentions the quota implementation. Our earlier advertisements
inviting applications from faculty never specifically quoted the
reservation but this time we have mentioned it to ensure there are
enough applications."

A professor from IIT-Roorkee, on conditions of anonymity, confirmed:
"We have started the process of implementing the SC/ST/OBC quota for
faculty positions. We have also finished the selection process for a
few teachers. IIT-Roorkee has over 350 teachers right now and it is
increasing the number."


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