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Prof Khakhar gets second term as IIT-Bombay director

Devang Khakhar was first appointed as the IIT-B director in January 2009

Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) Director  has been given an extension after his term came to an end. He was first appointed as the director of the institute in January 2009.

A committee comprising J J Irani, former managing director, Tata Steel; Rodham Narasimhan, former director of Indian Space Commission; M M Sharma, eminent chemical engineer; and Anil Kakodkar, nuclear scientist, gave its approval for the extension. Anil Kakodkar is also the chairman of the IIT-B Board of Governors.

“The committee found his performance as director outstanding and recommended his reappointment to the Ministry of Human Resource Development for the President's approval,” said Indu Saxena, registrar, IIT-B.

Khakhar’s first-term performance was assessed on several parameters such as building the institution as a global brand and research hub, introduction of new academic programmes, faculty retention and development, academic, administrative and financial reforms, and revenue generation, among others.

The institute said during Khakhar's tenure, IIT-B emerged as the preferred destination for JEE toppers (67 of top 100 rankers in JEE 2013 have joined IIT-B), the faculty strength increased from 446 to 575 and several new initiatives were taken by the institute such as setting up of new centres, including the National Centre for Aerospace Innovations and Research, Centre for Climate Change Research, and the Centre for Urban Science and Engineering.... more

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