NEW DELHI: Days after the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi got the Institute of Eminence (IoE) tag, it has decided to offer 100 fellowships to foreign students for its PhD programmes. “Due to the structure of admission process (UG through JEE), initial attempts would be to target PhD students through fellowships and assistantships”, said V Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi, in a Press conference on Monday. The institute also plans to attract faculty from across the globe as the status, among other things, allows the chosen institute to enrol up to 25 per cent foreign students and hire up to 25 per cent foreign faculty members.
“IIT Delhi will be spending a total of about Rs 2,500 crore (which includes Rs1,000 crore IoE grant) in enhancing its research facilities, physical infrastructure and outreach in the next five years in its journey towards the IoE”, the director added.IIT Delhi is among the three public institutes that have been conferred the prestigious tag aimed at improving the global presence of Indian institutes. The Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, and IIT Mumbai are the other two public institutes. Three private institutes--BITS, Pilani, Manipal University and Jio Institute--have also been chosen for the IoE tag.
In 2017, IIT Delhi stood fifth in ranking done by the HRD Ministry, but was in the 172nd position in QS World University Ranking and stood between 501-600 in the Times Higher Education World Ranking. The institute hopes to improve its ranking globally by attracting more international students and faculty. At present, only 1.2 per cent of its students are of foreign origin while just five or six teachers out of 550 are non-Indian passport holders.