New Delhi: To bring research to the
forefront in the IITs and increase its role in national
development projects, the government today set up a committee
which will suggest a broad roadmap for the institutes for next
The five-member committee, to be headed by Atomic
Energy Commission Chairman Anil Kakodkar, will give its report
in six months outlining the broad areas of reforms required
for the elite institutes to make them global brands.
"They will suggest how the IITs need to move forward.
The committee will specify on how to give more emphasis on
research and how the IITs can be more involved in the national
projects for development," HRD Minister Kapil Sibal told
reporters after the IIT Council meeting.
He said that the committee will come up with the
vision document for 2020 for the IITs. The document will
suggest measures on how the IITs can collaborate with private
sector in IT, Bio-Tech and other emerging areas.
At present, the IITs are mainly focusing
under-graduate level education. The new document will suggest
how more students will be interested in research in the IITs
and how better faculty will be interested to join the system.
Sibal also said the directors and board members of the
IITs will be appointed on the basis of the nominations made by
an independent collegium.