IIT-Jodhpur Offers 25 Lakh Start-Up Grant To Attract Faculty

Jodhpur: Battling hard with acute faculty crunch, IIT-Jodhpur has now decided to encourage new faculty recruits by offering a start-up grant of 25 lakh.

“In our endeavours to recruit new faculty members for IIT-Jodhpur, we have decided to give a head start to every new recruit and have offered a start up grant of 25 lakh to every faculty on joining the IIT, which is highest among all the institutions around,” Chairman of the Board of Governor, Goverdhan Mehta said.

The Chairman, however, refused to divulge the modalities and details of various individual components in this starting grant of 25 lakh.

Mr. Mehta was in Jodhpur to attend the second convocation ceremony of the institution.

IIT-Jodhpur is short of nearly 40 faculty members, against the sanctioned strength of 90.

In addition to this, nearly two dozen faculty members have quit the institution in the past two years and the institution does not have even a single faculty member in Professor rank.

Mr. Mehta admitted the high attrition rate among the faculty members of IIT-Jodhpur, and said various reasons were responsible for this phenomenon.

“Still, we are trying our best to fill all the vacant posts and that too without compromising on the quality of the faculties,” he said.

Mr. Mehta also announced that IIT-Jodhpur has finally reached the stage of beginning the construction of its own building in Jodhpur.

To be completed in five phases, the first phase of construction will see an expenditure of 350 crore and will be completed in 18 months, he said.

“We look forward to beginning of 2016 academic session from our own campus,” he said.

Currently, the institute is running from the premises hired from MBM Engineering College of Jodhpur since 2010.

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Source: PTI