Role of IITs is to produce leaders, not to supply workforce, says IIT Ropar Director
Abhay Anand, 11 May 2016, #IIT Ropar

Careers360 in an interview with Prof. Sarit Kumar Das, IIT Ropar, Director, brings expert insights on various problems that new IITs are facing and the way forward. In this exclusive interview, the IIT Ropar Director talks about the parliamentary committee report on increasing number of seats in IITs and IIMs.

Read the interview of Prof. Sarit Kumar Das to know what he shares on cause of mushrooming of sub-standard colleges.

Careers360: What problems do new IITs face?
Prof. Sarit Kumar Das: All the new IITs are facing similar challenges, basically to bring up the physical infrastructure and for that you require funding. Though the government has been giving funding, but with passage of time the cost is escalating. A few months back the government sent a team to each IIT to look at the individual requirements and I think it is in the final stage and the Cabinet is likely to give its approval soon. The other challenge is related to faculty as we are facing challenge in getting quality faculty; even the older ones are facing this problem.


Sometimes you have to take special measures to get quality faculty because getting quality faculty is the most important part of this building up process. For my institute I have made a team of six experts and we will be visiting London, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto and Chicago and we will be holding offshore interviews there for faculty positions at our institute. We have come out with advertisements for this and every IIT is trying some or the other method to attract good faculty.          

Careers360: Why is it that the new IITs are not able to attract senior level faculties?
Prof. Sarit Kumar Das: When people are teaching in well-established institutions like IITs and doing well academically they would not like to shift to a new place while the ones who are not doing well are ready to shift and we do not want such type of people. So the new IITs should take a few senior level faculties and encourage and turn their junior level faculties because in 5-6 years they will have good knowledge and will be at the same level as this is reality and we should accept it. Young faculty members are very energetic and enthusiastic and if I talk of old IITs we see a large number of faculty members there, which is not the case at new IITs.

Prof. Sarit Kumar DasProf. Sarit Kumar Das,
IIT Ropar

IITs can’t supply engineering workforce for country, as the demand is for 3 lakh engineers. IITs supply only some 10,000. IITs should produce leaders. Workforce should be generated by NITs, government and private colleges or universities.

Careers360: A Parliamentary committee report says there is need for expansion of IITs and IIMs and increase number seats in these institutions, will it not affect brand IIT?
Prof. Sarit Kumar Das: It is a good idea, as any country needs large number of world-class institutions to become a developed nation. If you talk about one IIT in every state, still it is very less. There is no question of the brand getting affected as none of the new IITs have compromised on faculty recruitment and this is one of the reasons why our expansion is slow. If you look at expansion in Indian education scenario in the last 2-3 decades, we can easily have 40-50 IIT-like institutions.    

Careers360: Lack of quality public institutions led to mushrooming of sub-standard colleges that close down. Do you agree?
Prof. Sarit Kumar Das
The government was not in a position to fund and establish institutions and allowed private players but did not put a quality measurement framework in place like accreditation or other regulatory things initially. It all came after private colleges were established. So now the market is taking those colleges out, there is nothing wrong in that. They are facing a natural death. IITs cannot supply engineering workforce for the country, as the demand is for 3 lakh engineers while IITs supply some 10,000. IITs should produce leaders. Workforce should be generated by NITs, government and private engineering colleges or by universities. 

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what is descending order for CSE IIT dhanbad, IIT ropar , IIT patna , IIT Bhubaneswar?

Anupam Kumar Student Expert 15th Oct, 2019

Hey there

If you want to join colleges out of them I'll suggest iit dhanbaad out of them for cse. It has got a well structured atmosphere for cse. You will find advanced coder both in professors and in students. But other iits mentioned is also good it's your choice what to choose.

Good luck


which is better among iit indore / iit mandi / iit ropar

Gehna Chawla 16th Sep, 2019


According to me between these 3 institutes, i can rate them as :

1. IIT Indore

2. IIT Mandi

3. IIT ropar

Because, IIT Indore has the lowest fees among these and has the lowest cut off as well.

Indore has the highest package record among these three till now which is 28 lakhs.

the teaching can differ according to the courses you choose.

Thankyou, i hope it helps, feel free to approach for further queries.


Which college is Good for electrical : IIT Mandi or IIT Ropar

Monika Sundar 21st Jul, 2019


                          it's tough to decide. Both are equally beautiful.

Proximity to the city and other modern facilities, Ropar certainly has an upper hand. Also, given that Chandigarh is less than one hour’s distance, people may prefer ropar over mandi. As with academics, I do not see any difference. Both the institutes' house excellent faculty.



Which is better for in E.E- iit jodhpur (sensors & IoT) or iit ropar (power engineering) with respect to placements and future scope.

KanishqVerma 14th Jul, 2019


This is quite a complex situation of choosing a college.

Doing MTech in Sensors and Iot will be much better than doing power engineering.

But Iit Ropar has better placements than Iit Jodhpur.

But if you compare in detail doing mtech in sensors and Iot will be better choice as this is in trend .

The placements will be fine in the near future for Iit Jodhpur.

Best Wishes 


[How is CSE in IIT Ropar & IIT Gandhinagar ,with placements too?]

Jeeukrishnan kayshyap 5th Jul, 2019

IIT Ropar is a good college. But, it hasn’t shifted yet to the permanent campus. So, it might lag a lot in the campus fun that you could enjoy in older IITs. Xollege have some people for GSoC here and some very good professors and some bad professors. Its like any other IIT.

As far coding culture is concerned, it is very developed. IIT Ropar  do not enjoy the benefit of the locations that other newer IITs like Hyderabad and Indore enjoy. But,  college is also not too far from Chandigarh. So, you can obviously have fun their.

The placements of CSE for all the IITs stands the best and so it does here. Going by the statistics, IIT Hyderabad, Indore and Ropar have the best placements among all newer IITs and better than some older IITs like BHU, Guwahati. Though, placements completely depend on individual efforts. I consider IIT Ropar CSE to be equally good as CSE in older IITs and some highly performing newer IITs like Hyderabad and Indore.

IIT Gandhnagar

 Doubts arising with respect to the following aspects:

  1. Pioneer batch in B Tech CSE
  2. Quality of research work being done in CS
  3. Quality/quantity of faculty
  4. Placements

CS department at IIT Gandhinagar started in more years to start a B Tech in CSE just goes onto show the kind of quality control measures IIT GN employs and the kind of standards it sets when it comes to providing world class education. Since the PhD program in CS has been running since a long time now, plenty of research is happening. Minors in CS has always been popular among UG students at IIT Gandhinagar.

The placements in coding profiles have been excellent. It boils down to the individual and the kind of profile he builds during his four years at IIT Gandhinagar.

IIT GN will provide ample opportunities and will encourage the interests of its students greatly. Making the best use of the resources and opportunities available is up to the individual.

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