News Today | aturday, 9 April 2016 | B Sudharsan |
Chennai: Strongly emphasising that scoring a top rank was not in the priority list of IIT-Madras, the director of the reputed institution, Bhaskar Ramamurthi, categorically said that being picked as India’s best engineering college by the HRD Ministry in the National Institutional Ranking Framework this year, was a result of the combined effort put in by research scholars, teachers and students of IIT-Madras. In an interaction with ‘News Today’, Bhaskar expressed happiness that IIT-M has been ranked number one in teaching and research coming ahead of IIT-Mumbai and IIT-Kharagpur. “It is definitely a moment to rejoice for everyone associated with the institute,” he said adding that the primary goal of the institute is to pursue the strategic plan. “We have a very well-articulated strategic plan for 2020,” he added.
“There are several parameters that were taken into consideration by the HRD Ministry and hence the credit needs to go to the amount of research that was put in by the scholars, the industry collaborations we have had over a span of three years and the inclusive approach we have adopted,” he explained in detail, adding that the outreach programmes and the international mergers the institution has had with reputed industries were taken into consideration by HRD Ministry before releasing the rank list. “We have very clear and quantifiable objectives and our only aim is to steadily achieve these objectives,” he stresses, admitting that there is a challenging task ahead for the institution. “We can’t achieve these objectives overnight but our Board is monitoring how we are progressing every year,” he said. He added that the top rank has infused a sense of commitment among the faculty members. “There is a lot of commitment now. We are also planning to increase the number of PhD students dramatically. Even faculty promotions are going to be based on various parameters including research and teaching. So, all of them is what contributes to the overall progress,” he said. – Courtesy