IIT council meeting which is going to held next week, HRD is all set to propose the new scholar scheme under which 1000 bright B.Tech students who can be added directly into PhD programs.
Sources said that "IITs will be asked if it is possible to get exceptional students into PhD immediately after BTech". It would also be proposed that "BTech passouts from IITs who have job experience and are interested in research should be enrolled in PhD," they added.
A ministry official said the larger idea is to solve the problem of faculty crunch in IITs. He said it is ironical that despite around 2,000 PhDs coming out of IITs each year, the same numbers of vacancies exist.
He further added "When it comes to hiring teachers, IITs are very selective. The need is to improve the quality of PhD and attract bright IIT students to undertake research."
Officials also added "To make PhD after BTech attractive, government proposes to offer hefty scholarships to students. It will not be big enough to compensate the salary an IIT student gets after BTech but it will probably be among the highest."