IIT Delhi faculty strength cut by 10 percent

August 8th, 2008 - 9:57 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 8 (IANS) In an ironical move, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi has reduced its faculty strength by 10 percent at a time when the number of students has gone up by nine percent. Currently battling a teachers crunch, IIT Delhi’s sanctioned strength of 556 faculties has been brought down to 506, authorities said Friday.

“As of yesterday, the sanctioned faculty strength was 556 but today it was reduced to 506 - a reduction of 10 percent. While the student teacher ratio was 9:1 earlier, it has been reworked to 10:1,” said Surendra Prasad, director, IIT Delhi.

Sunil Kalra, dean, undergraduate studies at IIT Delhi, told IANS that though the sanctioned strength had been cut by 10 percent, they would be happy if they get even 506 faculties. IIT Delhi has just 448 faculties at present.

“The equation may be anything but the ground realities are different. Even if the student-teacher ratio becomes 10:1, we would be in a better position than what is the reality now - 448 teachers for 5,300 students,” Kalra added.

Asked why the faculty strength was reduced at a time the institute was increasing its student intake to implement the 27 percent quota for other backward classes, Prasad said: “(It’s a) joint decision.”

IIT authorities did not clarify if it followed a direction from the human resource development ministry.

Elaborating on the faculty situation, Prasad said IIT had instituted young faculty fellowship to attract “young minds”. “We have already added 27 new faculties through this scheme.”

Earlier, IIT Delhi said that this year 1,415 students, including from graduate and postgraduate studies, has graduated. The 39th convocation of IIT Delhi will be held Saturday.

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