The government has proposed a change in the selection procedure of the IIT directors making it competitive incase they want to continue a second term.
The government has proposed a change in the selection procedure of the IIT directors making it competitive incase they want to continue a second term. Centre proposes to take this step four years after the UPA government had given an opportunity to the serving directors for a second term. According to the policy now, the government asks the incumbent directors few months before the end of their term if they are interested to continue for another five years. If the director agrees, his term is evaluated by a search-cum-selection committee and he is reappointed incase the performance is assessed as outstanding.
In the aforementioned case, the position is not advertised as vacant and the director does not have to compete with others for the position. According to latest reports, the government is keen on changing the prevalent selection process and is deciding to fill up the vacancy through advertisement only. A proposal has been moved to the HRD Ministry to bring this to effect.
According to sources, the proposal has to receive a green signal from HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar and it might also have to be placed before the next IIT Council meeting for approval. After 2013, directors of five IITs have been appointed by the government for a second term without an application. This step was justified on the ground that institutions will gain more stability through this. The change of selection procedure has been raised at a time when the government is to appoint the directors of IIT Kanpur and IIT Dhanbad.