Choosing The Torch Bearers of NIT-R: Insight on Faculty Recruitment
There is no questioning that faculties are an integral part of the functioning of an institute. In addition to teaching, the professors engage in research and publications of science journals which in turn contributes towards the rankings of our institute. Team MM set out to get some clarity on the total number of vacancies across the departments on campus and the various factors that need to be taken into consideration during recruitments.
Team MM caught up with the Dean of Faculty Welfare, Prof. B.C. Ray as he shed some light on the present scenario on faculty affairs.
Monday Morning (MM): How many faculty vacancies are currently there on campus?
Prof. B.C. Ray (BCR): As of now there are a total of 175 vacancies across all departments on campus. We are planning on having a recruitment drive soon so that more young professors can come into the institute.
MM: How many new faculty members were recruited before the beginning of this academic year?
BCR: This year we had a total of 45 new recruitments across all 20 departments.
MM: How frequently does our institute recruit new faculty?
BCR: Currently, we try to recruit every year, but it should be done more frequently. Recruiting new faculty is a very tedious process. Last year we had a total of 5000 new applicants for all 20 departments on campus. It is also a hustle to pick candidates from a large pool as almost all the applicants have qualifications at par. One big problem is the lack of connectivity to Rourkela. A lot of applicants end up withdrawing their applications as they find the travels for interviews very prolonged. To do away with this shortcoming, we are thinking of conducting interviews in Bhubaneswar or Kolkata.
The current statistics on the total number of faculties on campus and vacancies as are as follows:
|Department||Sanctioned Faculty||In Position||Vacancies|
|Bio-Medical and Biotechnology||28||17||11|
|Electronics and Communication||43||26||17|
|Planning and Architecture||11||9||2|
|Earth and Atmospheric||7||7||0|
|School of Management||14||7||7|
The number of faculty vacancies is alarmingly high for an Institute as prestigious as NIT-R and thus is a cause of concern. In departments like Mining, the number of vacancies exceeds the number of working faculties, thereby raising serious questions on the efficiency of work delivered by the department.
Prof. Nimaje from Mining Department, who spoke on behalf of the HoD said:
We have a total of 8 faculties currently working in the department and there is no doubt we are over loaded with many classes from B.Tech, M.Tech and Phd. There have been 8 vacancies since the beginning of this academic year and we have put forth a requisition to the authorities to put out an advertisement about the vacancies.
The Department of Industrial Design, too, paints a sad picture when we look at the number of faculty vacancies in the department with only 6 faculties available where there is a sanctioned requirement of 21. Talking to MM, here is what Prof. B B V L Deepak, HoD, Department of Industrial Design had to say:
Since the new curriculum is being implemented, the department is looking for specialised faculties. We require at least 3 extra faculties for the smooth running of the department. We hope in the forthcoming recruitment process, we get about 3 to 4 new faculties.
One of the more sought-after departments in the Institute, the Department of Mechanical Engineering also has a disturbingly high 22 faculty vacancies. In this regard, Prof. D.R.K Parhi, HoD, Mechanical Department commented:
We had about 5 new recruitments in the current batch of faculties in the department. There is a need for highly specialised faculties in the department who can take the department into newer heights with fresh ideas but as of now, we are trying to manage with the present batch of faculties with utmost efficiency.
The biggest problem that most departments face is the fact that incase if there are any vacancies in a department, they prevail for a whole year because recruitment is mostly done on a yearly basis. Considering that the Institute could recruit more often, the institute reaches a dead end because of the lack of connectivity to Rourkela. This shall hopefully be curbed since there are plans to conduct recruitments in Bhubhaneswar for ease of travelling for the applicants.
Team MM also caught up with a few newly appointed faculties on campus and asked them about how NITR is different from where they were previously, in terms of work and research culture. They also shed some light on where there is room for improvement in our institution.
Prof. Pankaj Sharma, Electronics and Communication Department said,
I was previously working in Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea as a researcher. In terms of work culture, the working hours are pretty much the same. However, here we are subjected to additional administrative tasks as well. The research culture in my previous place of work was very rich. At NITR too we could promote a good research culture amongst students by encouraging students to opt for research fields. Also, more funding is needed to make our research field flourish.
Dr Biswajit Saha, Chemical Department said,
I was in the National Technical University, Singapore to pursue my PhD where I worked on a collaborated project with MIT after which I worked in Japan in Procter & Gamble for two years. Then I worked at Seoul University, South Korea as a faculty. NITR possesses the potential to promote a good research culture amongst students by encouraging students to take up projects and come up with new ideas and developments. As engineers, we should not be limited to the theory rather we must be confident and competent enough in practical skills as well. Some improvements are necessary in administration and research, which should be incorporated soon so that we do not lag behind other institutes.
Prof. P. Chongder, Electronics and Communication Department said,
Earlier I worked at NIT Delhi. It is a fairly newer institute compared to NIT Rourkela so it is still growing. However, in terms of connectivity NIT Delhi was far more easier to access than NIT Rourkela. Otherwise NITR is better than most of the new IITs in the country. At my department most of the professors are very enthusisatic about research and hence, the research scenario at NITR is satisfactory. And, some M.Tech and PhD students too were contacted for a holistic review and an honest insight into the daily working of their departments.
With the rush in new blood in the legion of faculties, there are opportunities to infuse new ideas, better work ethics and improvised technical skills among other faculties and their students which, in turn, will help the institute pace up on the competition ladder and achieve greater success. Team MM wishes all the new faculties the best and hopes they take the legacy of NITR forward with bigger glories.