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Jalandhar-based private university hires 200 IIT graduates as faculty, and it is not the only one falling for their charms, reports Swaha Sahoo.

delhi Updated: Jun 10, 2009 23:38 IST
Swaha Sahoo

Teaching just became more lucrative for the coveted Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) graduate.

This year, many IIT graduates have been picked up with competitive salaries and creative job profiles in the education sector.

At IIT Delhi, the big recruiters have been Lovely Professional University (LPU), Jalandhar, which picked up 21 graduates, and ICFAI Institute of Science and Technology, which recruited 17.

LPU, which was started by mithai-magnate Baldev Raj Mittal, has recruited 200 IIT graduates this year. Mittal used to run Lovely Sweet House in Jalandhar.

“This is the first time we went for campus recruitment to all seven IITs, and the response was tremendous. At least 450 graduates applied and we have recruited 200,” said Aman Mital, Assistant Director of the University.

The majority of posts were for teaching, said Mital.

“While most recruits are MTech and PhD holders, at least 30 per cent are BTech students,” said Mital.

“Most of them will be teaching engineering, management and science students, and we pay at par with industry.”

The paying capacity of these institutes has also played a major role in the push towards academics.

“Students were recruited by academic institutions at competitive pay scales ranging from Rs 6 lakh to 8 lakh per annum,” said Tanuj Dora, Placement Committee Member, IIT-Kharagpur, where close to 50 students opted to join academics.

In comparison, a candidate taking up teaching at an IIT would get around Rs 4.5 lakh per annum. A lecturer at Delhi College of Engineering would earn around Rs 3 lakh p.a.

“Government employees get other compensations, such as housing, medical, LTC and Internet that are over and above the salary. But a candidate has to be a PhD holder and have some experience to qualify,” said Kaushal Sen, Dean (Training and Placement) at IIT-Delhi.

“In contrast, many students picked up by academic institutes are bachelors’ and masters’ students,” Sen said.

Graduates said they were attracted by the challenging profiles and opportunities that education provided.

“I wanted to get into something more creative than the usual industry profiles. So, I chose to design content that would help schoolchildren clear their concepts,” said Alaap Verma, an Engineering Physics graduate of IIT-Delhi.

Verma joined Educational Initiatives, which works in the field of assessment, benchmarking, and curriculum improvement for schools.

Siddharta Mishra, a BTech in Engineering Physics, has been offered the post of an associate professor at LPU.

“Teaching is going to test my concepts and understanding of the subject. But I hope to use this experience by opting for higher studies in future.”