Faculty of IITs, IIMs not world class: Jairam

Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, an IIT alumni himself kicked up a controversy claiming the faculty of the IITs and IIMs are "not world class" but said these institutions are "excellent" because of the quality of students.

Last Updated: May 23, 2011, 18:42 PM IST

New Delhi: Environment Minister Jairam
Ramesh, an IIT alumni himself on Monday kicked up a controversy
claiming the faculty of the premier IITs and IIMs are "not
world class" but said these institutions are "excellent"
because of the quality of students.

Ramesh also said there was hardly any worthwhile
research from the country`s Indian Institutes of Technology
(IITs), who are ranked among the prestigious universities in
the world.
There is hardly any worthwhile research from our
IITs. The faculty in the IIT is not world class. It is the
students in IITs who are world class. So the IITs and IIMs
(Indian Institute of Management are excellent because of the
quality of students not because of quality of research or
faculty," Ramesh told reporters on the sidelines of a function
here.
The outspoken minister is an alumni of IIT Mumbai from
where he obtained his B.Tech degree in Mechanical Engineering
1975.

On his Ministry`s decision to have a joint venture
with Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) to set up a National
Centre for Marine Biodiversity in Jamnagar, he said the
decision was taken as a world class research centre cannot be
built in a "Governmental set up" and can never attract young
people.

Asked whether there was any conflict of interest in
collaborating with Reliance, the Minister said, "Life is one
large conflict of interest."

"We cannot build a world class research centre in a
Governmental set up. The governmental set up can never attract
young people. Never. Let us understand our experience in the
last 60 years. Government research institutions can never
attract young talent.

"So we want to think differently. We have to think
differently, how we are going to organise our research
institutions. And this is one way of building PPP," Ramesh
said.

"So I have been to Jamnagar and we are in a PPP mode.
We are having a joint venture with Reliance to set up a world
class national centre for marine biodiversity," he said.

Jamnagar is also the site for India`s first marine
national park, the Minister said.

This would be a new centre that would focus
exclusively on the conservation of our marine biodiversity,
Ramesh added.

PTI