The Chairman of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has put on hold a series of recent appointments made by the Institute under outgoing director MS Ananth amid questions over an alleged rush in making the appointments.
Professor MM Sharma, a veteran chemical engineer who took over as chairman of the Board of Governors (BoG) of the IIT last month, is learnt to have returned a list of proposed appointees to faculty and administrative posts. Sharma, sources said, has told the IIT to convene a meeting of the BoG first.
HT was the first to report, on May 6, concerns within the HRD ministry over a flurry of appointments Ananth was proposing in his last few weeks in office.
Ananth is quitting office on July 31.