Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani is all set to change the selection norms of the Directors of the which were framed during the regime of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA). According to the existing appointment procedure, an IIT Director can continue for another term if the search and selection committee constitute finds that his performance in the previous term was ‘outstanding’. Applications were only invited through advertisement if the incumbent Director refused to continue in office for another term or if he was not found fit for re-appointment. Also Read - Inspiring! Meerut Woman Who Left Home To Avoid Forced Marriage Returns As PCS Officer 7 Years Later

This appointment process was approved by the last year even though some of the members of the Council feared that it might compromise ‘wider contestation’ for such an important office. At the time, Congress leader MM Pallam Raju who was HRD Minister at the time was also the Chairperson of the IIT Council. Under the new system, Directors of IIT Bombay, IIT Hyderabad and have already been granted another consecutive term in office. Also Read - Before Reporting For Duty, This Bengaluru Cop Teaches Children of Migrant Workers Everyday For An Hour

The new HRD Minister of the NDA regime does not agree to this selection process. Recently, Chairperson of the Board of Governors of IIT Ropar – V S Ramamurthy – resigned from his post as he did not agree with the views of the search-cum-selection committee members on re-appointment of the institute’s incumbent director. The HRD Ministry has proposed to scrap this process and revert to the old system that allowed for wider contestation. Under the old system, the incumbent Director had to face the entire screening process again and be chosen again, if he wanted to continue for another term. Also Read - Ready to Send Children Back to School? 78% Parents Say No, Willing to Let Kids Repeat An Academic Year

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