IIT-B goes on global search for faculty
@ Sep 10, 2009
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Mihika Basu / DNA

Saturday, September 19, 2009 9:56 IST

The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, plans to conduct a faculty recruitment drive in Chicago, Illinois, next month as part of its Faculty Alumni Network (FAN) 2009 event. The event is being held on October 11 and 12 in conjunction with PanIIT 2009.

The candidates will be interviewed in Chicago for the post of assistant professor in all departments, centres, and schools of the institute. The faculty and deans of IIT Bombay will interview and make offers to qualified candidates.

"This is the third time we are conducting such an event," said AQ Contractor, dean of alumni and corporate relations. "This kind of recruitment process makes a big difference as it shows we are aggressively going out and looking for the right people. Besides, such an initiative gives candidates the opportunity to meet and network with IIT Bombay's faculty and get a feel of the institute."

Contractor said areas were identified and departments announced their requirements, which were circulated among the IIT Bombay alumni abroad, who are part of FAN, so that they could help to identify prospective candidates. The respective departments then gave feedback based on their assessment of the applications received.

"In the previous two events, around 20 people were recruited as faculty," said AK Suresh, dean of faculty. "We have received 65 applications this time, of which 15 have been shortlisted."

Suresh said IIT Bombay has 470 faculty members and wants to recruit 380 more in the next three to four years. "The candidates have applied from universities across the US, which shows that people are very interested in IITs," he said. "It also shows that people want to come back to India. We do get lots of inquiries otherwise from people who wish to return back."


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