With the sole aim to push research and innovation in the education field, IIT-K announced that it is going to increase the number of PhDs.
“There should be 650 PhDs in a year by 2022 from IITKGP. No other IIT in the country has such a broad spectrum of courses like the IITKGP and research students should develop content from all important journals and “not solely depend on Google” Padma Vibhushan recipient and eminent scientist Man Mohan Sharma said.
“We are aware that there must be more PhDs from top institutions like IIT. PhD students should be capable of innovative research to take the country forward. As part of that mission we have decided to let undergraduate science honors students work on their own at the laboratory without any involvement of teachers,” said IITKGP Director Partha Pratim Chakrabarti.
He said that students will be allowed to work in absolute freedom so that they can work on their ideas without any help from the teachers.
He further stated that you have to identify the problems of the people and work on the solution and money is available if the solution is appropriate.
The institute is also planning to raise the number of seats for women in undergraduate courses.
Chakrabati said that currently women make up only 9 % of the total strength of the students at IITKGP and institution is working on increasing the number of seats to promote the education for women in IITKGP.
“It is a fact that women are not getting the same opportunity… that a male candidate gets. Even these days, some conservative families refrain from sending daughters to institutions like IIT….We have to break that. We have to give some more scope to women,” Chakrabarti said.