Faculty shortage makes IIT Kharagpur invites alumni back to classroom

IIT Kharagpur, a very renowned institute is facing “faculty-shortage” about 450 teaching faculty required; hence to overcome the same, the institute has invited its alumni to come back and teach the youngsters for a short span of time.

IIT Kharagpur since its inception is known for offering quality education and has maintained a commendable standard for teaching learning process ie 1:10 teacher student ratio. Now it is difficult to cop up with same, in total IIT need 450 teaching faculty which would fetch the total strength of 10,000 IITians. Though IIT KPG is facing problem, it has launched few new schemes for its glorious alumni like alumni faculty scheme, innovator in residence, scholar in residence, etc. these are to motivate them. There are many positive outcome of this happening; the best is bond among ex-students, freshers & teachers would increase said Mukhopadhyay. The reason behind this shortage is additional admission or additional intake of students says some of IIT officials.

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Remedies for the problem are also done to sort this problem; Partha Pratim Chakrabarti added by saying that “For those who cannot come to the Kharagpur campus, a three-hour drive from Kolkata, the institute is opening outreach centres across 5-6 cities of the country where alumni can do both — teaching and learning”. It’s an alma-mater for institute and hence support from students’ side would help IIT KPG to come out of the faculty-shortage very fast.

The solution to the problem was as such, a new scheme named Shri Gopal Rajgarhia International Programme which was launched wherein “at least 10 professors from some of the world’s leading universities would come to the Kharagpur campus each year for few months” and another which says “around 30 talented international scholars would be invited every year to conduct research activities at IIT” said by Director Partha Pratim Chakrabarti

Source: PTI, Press Trust of India

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