Pune University vice-chancellor RK Shevgaonkar is set to take over as the new director of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, picked by a human resource development ministry selection team.
Shevgaonkar’s selection needs to be approved by President Pratibha Patil before he can be appointed, sources close to the VC said. An electrical engineer, Shevgaonkar taught at IIT Bombay for several years before taking over as VC of Pune University.
Shevgaonkar will replace outgoing director Surendra Prasad, who was also in the race for a second term at the helm of IIT Delhi.
IIT Directors have traditionally been selected through a secretive internal process, in which an HRD ministry selection team invites recommendations from IIT directors and board chairmen.
This process was, however, slammed by the Madras High Court for creating conditions of conflict of interest.