Anil Kakodkar, the chairperson of the governing body of IIT Bombay, has quit before his term comes to an end in May this year.
Sources said the renowned nuclear scientist quit over disagreement over selection of the directors of three IITs-Ropar, Bhubaneshwar and Patna.
While an official in the human resource development minsitry confirmed Kakodkar had quit ahead of his term, he refuted there was any disagreement between Kakodar and the ministry over the selection process of directors.
“Kakodkar has agreed to stay on till the end of his term in May,” he said.
The selection process of the directors of three IITs, which was on for quite sometime, had brought the ministry and the search-cum-selection committee (of which Kakodkar was a part) head to head, with the ministry objecting to inclusion of a candidate out of the total 37 shortlisted candidates.
Following the disagreement over the process, the ministry decided to begin the process afresh and call all the 37 shortlisted candidates again for the interview on March 22. The ministry decision, sources said, led to the resignation of Kakodkar from the governing board.
Kakodkar was unavailable for his comments.
Meanwhile with the three months' notice of IIT Delhi director RK Shevgaonkar coming to an end later this month, the Board of Governors (BoG) of the premier technical institute has written to the ministry asking it to move forward on it and begin the process of appointment of a new director at the earliest.
Written on Monday, the letter said Shevgaokar had intimated the BoG that his December 26 resignation letter be treated as three months notice which comes to an end later this month.
And since the director will be free to leave after serving the notice period, the ministry needed to begin the appointment process soon, the letter said.
While Shevgoankar had resigned over what many believe was ministry’s pressure, the ministry had curiously refused to forward it to the President, the visitor of the institution.