JULY’09: NEW DELHI: Functioning under temporary arrangement for over a year, the newly-created six IITs have now got their regular directors. Prof U B Desai, Prof M K Surappa, Prof Sudhir Kumar Jain, Prof Prem Kumar Kalra, Prof Madhusudan Chakroborty and Prof Anil Bhowmick will head the IITs at Hyderabad, Ropar, Gandhinagar, Rajasthan, Bhubaneswar and Patna respectively.
“The Union Cabinet has given its go ahead for the appointment of the directors who were selected by the search committee. We
have issued appointment letters to the new directors last week,” a senior HRD ministry official said. The search committee of ministry of HRD had earlier selected these academics to head the new IITs. The IIT Council, the highest decision making body of the elite institutes, had approved the appointment of directors in January this year. However, they could not be appointed pending Cabinet’s approval. The government started six new IITs last year. Since they did not have campuses of their own, they were started on mentoring basis, an arrangement under which the old IITs had to accommodate the students of the new institutes. The directors of the old IITs were made acting directors of the new ones.