After nuclear scientist Anil Kakodkar resigned from the post of chairman of IIT Bombay last year, the HRD ministry has finalised the name of Dilip Shanghvi, chairman of Sun Pharma, as the new chairman of IIT Bombay, it is learnt. Kakodkar had resigned due to differences with the ministry.
Most IITs have industrialists as their chairman of board of governors (BoG). The board is entrusted with the job of making policy-related decisions, which includes administrative and academic work and overall supervision.
According to officials, the move is aimed at strengthening the partnership between the industry and academia. The file will now be sent to President Pranab Mukherjee for an approval as he is the visitor of the institutes.
“It is quite important for us to appoint eminent persons, including industrialists, to head engineering institutes. This not only helps in establishing partnership between the industry and the academia but also provides greater insight to institutes to gauge what industry demands. Also, as the head of board of governors, the persons appointed by us bring in a fresh outlook, which is missing at times. Our intent is to ensure we bring greater expertise through some appointments,” said a senior HRD official.
Kumar Mangalam Birla, chairman of Aditya Birla Group, and Rajiv I Modi, chairman and managing director of Cadila Pharmaceuticals Limited, were appointed the chairmans of IIT Delhi and Guwahati respectively.