Selection process of IIT directors is equivalent to 'running a lottery': Kakodkar

Nuclear scientist Anil Kakodkar, in a recent interview to a news channel, criticized the selection process of IIT directors

Nuclear scientist Anil Kakodkar had resigned from the position of Chairman of IIT Bombay’s Board of Governors some time ago. Kakodkar, in an interview to a TV channel, shed light on his reasons for quitting. He told the channel that he did not want to be part of the committee set up by the MHRD to select directors for IITs, which according to him is “too casual” and equivalent to “running a lottery.”

Kakodkar, in the interview, said that his term as the Chairman of the IIT- Bombay Board of Governors was going to expire at the end of May 2015 itself. He added, "The point is you can't be deciding on the choice of 3 IIT directors among 36 in a six or seven hour process. My unease was that with the earlier process, everything was set aside. If you set aside everything and you decide like that, then you are running a lottery.”

Kakodkar also told channel that he was upset over the resignation of IIT Delhi Director Raghunath K Shevgaonkar. He said that Shevgaonkar was a respected academic whose image has been “severely hurt” by the interference of the MHRD.


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