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Rs 700 cr to IITs to improve global ranking

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Politics India Rs 700 cr to IITs to improve global ranking

New Delhi: The Union government has decided to give Rs 100 crore each to 7 premium Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) to better their global ranking. The Human Resource Development Ministry has a plan that includes recruitment of foreign faculty for the long term.

Earlier, the government had been recruiting foreign faculty on a short-term basis under the GYAN scheme of the MHRD. The government had some time ago decided to upgrade it with GRIN, but due to a paucity of funds, the scheme could not take off. Now the government plans to introduce a new scheme from this year. A well-placed source in the ministry said that GRIN scheme was the advance version of GYAN which could not have been implemented due to fund crunch, but now it was being merged with the Vishwajit programme of the ministry under which IIT Madras, Delhi, Bombay, Kharagpur, Kanpur, Guwahati and Roorkee would be made available funds from this year itself. The plan is to adjust GRIN scheme under plan grant.

The ministry sources said that the government has a 3-pronged plan for these institutions. First, they would hire foreign faculty for a longer duration. Second, collaborative research with foreign universities and joint supervision of PhD students with foreign universities will begin. This is being done to better the worldwide ranking of the institution or quality of these institutes.

Sources said that the objective of the ministry was to bring the ranking of these institutes under 100 while at present ranking of these colleges are between 250 and 500. All these institutions are trying their own to implement it. Sources also said that the government planned to bring foreign faculty for long terms. They should be brought at least for a term.

The ministry said that foreign faculty could be recruited for 5 years on a contract basis. They could also be recruited for a year or a permanent employment could be given to foreign faculty in these institutions.

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