New data reveals how private universities are increasingly turning to IITs for catering to their growing need of qualified young professors and research assistants.
Driven by an ever increasing need of young professors and research assistants, many private universities across the country are now taking their recruitment drives to IITs, reveals new data.
The trend is being led by institutions like the Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge and Technology (RGUKT), Lovely Professional University, Sharda University, SRM University, SRM University, Vignan University, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, and many others.
“Given the crunch for good faculty everywhere, there is a rise in the number of private universities coming in for recruitments at IIT Bombay,” Avijit Chatterjee, professor in-charge, Placements, said while acknowledging that there has been a beeline of private universities during campus placements.
In some IITs, these universities are ready to pay salaries comparable to companies such as Wipro, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Cognizant.
“Young professors with good research papers help us in getting more national and international accreditations. More publications also help us in getting more funding from UGC,” says Sharad Y Mhaiskar, dean, engineering school for SVKM’s NMIMS.
Speaking his mind on this new approach, Ashok Mittal, chancellor, Lovely Professional University, stated: “It’s a misconception that we don’t attract the best students on remuneration grounds. Many of the brightest students are not very keen on a corporate job and have a teaching bent of mind,” Times of India reports.
Apparently, Jalandhar-based Lovely Professional University (LPU) is planning to hire approximately 100-130 PhD and M.Tech students across IITs.
Meanwhile, it is expected that VIT, SRM, LPU and Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies and many other private universities will be participating in the second round campus placement at IITs (to be held in January).
Experts believe that a salary of INR 5-10 lakhs alongside the chance to serve as assistant professors and researchers work as a huge motivating factor for students. Those with PhD and prior experience in teaching, are usually hired as professors.