The Times of India | Hemali Chhapia | Nov 29, 2016 |
MUMBAI: For long, blue chip companies, investment firms and start-ups ruled the first edition of placements at the Indian Institutes of Technology. Phase-1 as it is called has academic institutes that have jumped up the charts this recruitment season. IIT-Bombay has seen a three-fold increase in the number of academic institutes visiting its campus this December. While there were 7 institutes last year that had signed up to recruit teaching talent, there are 20 that have already registered this time around. Most of them are India universities, many of them private and deemed universities that draw teachers from the top rung campuses. “Close to 10% of our total recruiters are academic institutes this year, thus offering a lot of options for our doctoral candidates,” said a member of the placement committee. Teachers matter to them. Even at IIT-Kanpur, 15 academic institutes have registered to pick faculty from among the masters and PhD graduates. Amrita University, private universities like Thapar, DIT (Dehradun Institute of Technology), Nashik’s Sandip University, colleges like SR Patel Engineering College and even coaching classes like Rao IIT Academy. “Generally, academic institutes are visiting the campus after the December. Six institutes/universities have already been registered this year. Last year 12 academic institutes/universities have offered 76 jobs,” said N P Padhy, professor-in-charge of Training and Placement at IIT-Roorkee. Usually relegated slots in the second segment, Manu Santhanam from IIT-Madras said that a clear picture would emerge only next semester as academic institutes hire all the way until May – June. “There is no fixed time limit for them, as they are mostly interested in the research scholars,” he said.
Sandip Jha, chairman of Sandip University, said there were plans afloat to design their engineering school on the lines of the IITs. “For that we need the best possible faculty in the country. Hence we have empanelled ourselves with all the IITs and the NITs. We pay as per UGC norms,” he added. However, the IITs have not yet seen too many international campuses travelling to pick freshers. In 2009, among the many universities shopping for faculty members was the Alfaisal University from Saudi Arabia which had landed up at several IITs and offered an annual compensation of 1.3 lakh Saudi riyals (approximately Rs 17 lakh), apart from housing and other facilities. Again, Texas A&M University, seeking to recruit for its Qatar campus, was scouting IIT-Madras for talent. Indian educational institutes recruiting IIT graduates for faculty positions offer less than half the remuneration offered by their international counterparts. A faculty member at IIT-Bombay pointed out that “a very, very small of MTechs” take up teaching jobs. “At the end of the placement season, it will be interesting to be see how many of these universities actually get serious students,” he added. – Courtesy