The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are getting ready, for the first time, to open themselves up to an independent third-party review of their performance that will judge them on the basis of indicators besides the regular performance parameters.
The review will also assess the institutes on indicators like the number of international students enrolled, the number of students opting to take up research-focused careers, and the contribution made by the institutes and their alumni to national goals and local community conditions.
IIT directors will also for the first time be appraised for their performance and each IIT has been asked to evolve a mechanism to do so, officials from the union Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry said.
The move comes at a time when it is strongly being felt that even the best of India’s educational institutes are consistently failing to top global education rankings. The draft performance appraisal framework that the union Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry has now sent out to all IITs has specifically introduced parameters that are of key consideration in global education rankings like QS, Shanghai and Times.
The ‘Institutional Grid for Assessment’ sent out to all 15 IITs outlines parameters such as the number of international students as scholars, the number of international visiting researchers who stay for at least a week and the number of courses with international participation. Education rankings place a high premium on the global character of an institute.
Other indicators are the number of publications per faculty member or student and the contribution elicited from alumni.
The performance of an IIT will also be judged through indicators like the nature of courses and curriculum being offered and their relevance to recruiters, the adequacy of teachers, the quality of teaching environment, the number of students who were motivated to opt for careers in engineering or science and technology sectors, the adequacy of infrastructure-teaching labs and equipment, and the feedback obtained from employers in science and engineering sectors.
In a bid to engage the IITs with society and with the national goals, indicators like the contribution to National Development Goals (NDGs) and national research projects in the