EDU: IIT-B is among the few institutions in
Dr Rangan: We have a global ‘faculty alumni network’, which is mainly a network of our alumni in faculty positions abroad, especially in the
We have an alumni meet in the
EDU: What is IIT-B doing to make its research environment, systems and processes more conducive to inspire Indian professors abroad to come back and work with it?
Dr Rangan: The research environment at IIT-B is very good for self-motivated people. As long as the faculty members fulfil their basic teaching responsibilities, they have the freedom and flexibility to decide on the areas they want to research in and carry on their work as they choose to. We also provide research staff to support the faculty. Further, they can have good quality PhD and masters students as assistants and an opportunity of interacting with bright young minds. We give Rs 10 lakh as seed grant, a start-up research grant given even before writing of the research proposal. In case the research involves buying equipment, the seed grant goes up to Rs 20 lakh.