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Iits Slumping 0r Soaring

Shashi K Gulhati

Published by Macmillan India Limited | Language - English | Binding - Paper Back

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Many parents dream that their child will go to study at an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and thereafter be a great success. IITs and success are viewed as synonymous because IIT alumni have amply established this link.

Will the IITs continue to graduate winners? Can we expect more – will they generate knowledge to make India a leader in the new knowledge economy? Or, have the IITs enjoyed their day of glory and are now slumping? If so, can we arrest the slump and get them soaring?

The IIT system is under massive strain: its autonomy is being eroded, its physical infrastructure is wearing thin; laboratories are getting out-dated; faculty is depleting; and the competition for admission is pushing aspirants into an unhealthy grind. IITs fortunately have a major strength in their alumni – they want to see their alma mater excel.

The book considers each threat and suggests the way forward. It calls for major changes in how to select students, attract the best to join as faculty and, most important, proposes a new governance system with diminished role for Government and an enhanced one for the alumni.

The time to chart out a new course is now!

The advantage to be reaped is enormous!!

The nation cannot afford to let the IITs slump!!!

About The Author:

Shashi K. Gulhati graduated from MIT and returned to India to join the faculty of IIT Delhi (IITD) from where he has recently retired after serving for 40 years – 28 as Professor. He served as Head of Civil Engineering, as Dean of Students, as acting Registrar, as President of Student Publications, as founder-secretary of IITD Alumni Association and as a member of IITD's Board of Governors. A highly regarded professional, he served as a member of AICTE and President of the Indian Geotechnical Society. On leave from IITD, he served as the CEO of Educational Consultants India Ltd. (EdCIL) – a Government of India enterprise and transformed it into an efficient, professional, service oriented organization. EdCIL's turnover increased multi-fold during his five-year term. He has worked internationally as an engineer, an academician and also as an educational consultant. He not only has in-depth understanding of the IITs, but through his wide exposure, is able to view it from a much larger perspective.

Table Of Contents:

I. The Pride of the Nation
On the Telephone • To Whom It May Concern • In Every Nook and Nookarh • The Old Boy Tie • Jewel in the Crown
II. A Demanding Nation
An Interim Report that Delivered • Goals Elaborated and Amplified • Potentially World-Class
III. Knocking at the Portals
The Rising Portal • An Outer Gate • A Profile of the Successful • The GATE not so Glorious
IV. The Hallowed Halls
Well Endowed, Well, Well • Student Centric • Chugging Along
V. The Keepers
The Government of India • The IIT Council • The Board of Governors • The Chairperson of the Board of Governors • The Director • The Senate • The Faculty
The Administrative Officers • The Technical Staff • The Non-skilled Staff
VI. Call of the Alma Mater
Creating an Identity • On a Silver Platter • Shifting into High Gear • New Frontiers
An Abiding Interest • Change Agents
VII. Heading Down the Hill
A Personal Journey • Expectations from the IITs and System Design • Is the Cr me Beginning to Sour? • The Dwindling Faculty • Inadequate Infrastructure
Pushing and Shoving
VIII. Climbing New Peaks
Sometime in the Future – Hopefully not toooooo Distant • India on the Top of the World • The New Shareholders • The New Pattern of Governance • A Prized Faculty • Students with Potential • A New Vibrancy • A Postscript


Book: Iits Slumping 0r Soaring
ISBN-13: 9781403931610
Product Code EBK0175652
Binding: Paper Back
Publishing Date: 2007
Publisher: Macmillan India Limited
Language: English

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