No fewer than eight Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) will have new directors. President Droupadi Murmu has approved the appointment of directors of IIT Palakkad, Tirupati, Dharwad, Bhilai, Gandhinagar, Bhubaneshwar, Goa and Jammu. Two IIT directors have been reappointed for a second term, including KN Satyanarayana for IIT Tirupati and Manoj Singh Gaur for IIT Jammu.
“Dear President of India Smt Droupadi Murmu, in her capacity as Visitor to IITs, approves the appointment of Directors of IITs. @EduMinOfIndia
wishes us best wishes for a satisfying and successful tenure,” the Ministry of Education of India tweeted.
The Honorable President of India Smt Droupadi Murmu, in her capacity as Visitor to IITs, approves the appointment of Directors of IITs. @EduMinOfIndia wishes you a satisfying and successful tenure. pic.twitter.com/EdCbMZ1fFX
— Ministry of Education (@EduMinOfIndia) September 19, 2022
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Former IIT Bhilai Director Rajat Moona has now been appointed as Director of IIT Gandhinagar while former IIT Dharwad Director, Pasumarthy Seshu has been selected as Director of IIT Goa. Seshadri Sekhar and Shreepad Karmalkar, both professors at IIT Madras, have now been appointed as Directors of IIT Palakkad and IIT Bhubaneshwar respectively.
IIT Kharagpur Professor Venkayappaya R Desai of the Department of Civil Engineering has been appointed as the Director of IIT Dharwad. While Rajiv Prakash of IIT BHU’s school of material science and technology has been appointed as the director of IIT Bhilai.
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Last year, the Ministry of Education (MoE) had submitted applications for six of the new IITs, including Dharwad, Goa, Palakkad, Jammu, Bhilai and Tirupati. The ad was released on October 18. According to the eligibility criteria, the applicant should have obtained a PhD with a first class or equivalent in the previous degree, preferably in a technical field. IIT Bhubaneswar has been waiting for a full-time director since April 2020, when the five-year term of incumbent director RV Rajakumar ended.
— with PTI inputs
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