09 Aug

Concerned over a large number of IIT graduates not pursuing research and teaching within the country and instead going abroad for higher education, Vice President Hamid Ansari on Saturday underlined the need for qualified and motivated faculty.

Delivering the 41st convocation address at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, Ansari called for introspection over the brain drain and emphasised the need for curriculum reform, faculty development and innovation to retain and attract good faculty.

He pointed out that less than one per cent of IIT undergraduates in the country went on to do a Masters or PhD programme within the IIT system. Fewer than 15 per cent of those graduating from IITs moved towards teaching or research, in India or abroad.

“In terms of international grading of academic output based on publications, citations of faculty, and patents applied for and granted, we fare poorly in comparison to even some developing countries.

Only IIT, Mumbai and IIT, Delhi find a place in the 2009 Times Higher Education ranking of 50 engineering and information technology institutions”, he said.Quoting the US National Science Foundation, Ansari said that students from India and those of Indian origin accounted for over one-third of all foreign engineering students in the United States in 2009.He urged engineers to create technological innovations and promote development.

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