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PhD scholars to be introduced as teachers in IITs

The decision is a result of the meeting held between IIT council and MHRD on August 28

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Publish Date: Sep 14 2016 2:32PM | Updated Date: Sep 14 2016 2:32PM

PhD scholars to be introduced as teachers in IITs

 As there are around 26 academic faculty posts lying vacant across Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), the Institutes have decided to introduce its PhD scholars as faculty members. 

 
The decision has come as a result of the meeting held between IIT council and Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) on August 28.
 
As a decisive move, 26,000 PhD scholars across IITs will be considered for the addition of 5,000 faculty members which will help in enhancing students and teachers’ ratio across IITs. 
 
The current ratio is 15:1 that means 1 teacher for 15 students and the plans are likely to increase it to 10:1 that means, 1 teacher for 10 students.
 
If it goes with the plans, every PhD scholar has to teach undergraduate students for 10 hours per week. A regular IIT faculty member has a teaching workload of 40 hours per week.
 
These plans are further likely to improve rankings of the institutes in overall world’s rankings.