The human resource development ministry is planning special incentives to lure faculty from the older Indian Institutes of Technology to take up teaching posts at the country's new breed of IITs struggling to attract teachers.
Directors of the eight new IITs started since 2008 are meeting HRD minister Kapil Sibal on Thursday to discuss concerns ranging from their inability to attract qualified teachers and fund shortages to land-related problems.
Under the proposal for giving incentives to teachers — which the HRD ministry is currently discussing with the finance ministry — teachers at older IITs will be required to spend a ten-year tenure at one of the new-born IITs.
They will receive incentives principally related to the pension they will receive on retirement.
The new IITs — in Hyderabad, Patna, Jodhpur, Bhubaneswar, Mandi, Indore, Gandhinagar and Ropar — are all at present operating out of temporary campuses. Top teachers generally do not want to join these Institutes at present, a Director said.
"Despite the IIT brand, the most qualified people prefer an established institution —or at least one where they can focus on teaching and research rather than on building up a new Institute," the director said.
The special incentives are aimed at ensuring that faculty at older IITs join in vacant posts at the new IITs, a government source said. "You could call it a hardship allowance," the source said.
The older IITs also face a massive faculty crunch — between 15 per cent and 40 per cent — but are likely to find it easier to attract new faculty which the new IITs will find tough, the source argued.
Three of the new IITs —Mandi, Gandhinagar and Hyderabad — are yet to receive all their land from state governments. The new IITs are also facing a fund crunch.