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A guide to applying to Indian Academia - Anirban Hazra, Penn State University April - 2011.

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Applying to indian academia

  1. 1. Applying to Science and Technology Academia in India<br />A discussion based on my recent experience of applying to IITs and IISERs<br />Anirban Hazra<br />May 4, 2011<br />
  2. 2. Outline<br />Who is hiring?<br />Responsibilities as a faculty member<br />Compensation<br />Steps and timelines of the application process<br />Preparing and sending the application packet<br />
  3. 3. Who is hiring?<br /> Research Institutes<br />39 Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) labs<br />52 Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) labs<br />Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) labs<br />Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) labs<br />Institutes like the Bhabha Atomic Research Institute, Bose Institute, The Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, The Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, and more.<br />
  4. 4. Who is hiring?<br /> Primarily Teaching Institutes<br />Government and private colleges under universities<br />31 National Institutes of Technology (NIT)<br /> Research and Teaching Institutes<br />State and central universities<br />Indian Institute of Science (IISC), Bangalore and National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneshwar<br />15 Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT)<br />5 Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER)<br />
  5. 5. The education sector in India is growing at an unprecedented rate and there is a shortage of skilled and dynamic people who can drive this expansion, <br /> which means,<br /> there is more opportunity for academics now than ever before!<br />
  6. 6. Responsibilities as a faculty member<br />Start independent research group<br />Get external funding<br />Teach one course a semester on an average<br />Participate in institute’s internal committees<br />Apart from these minimum requirements, initiate new activities and programs<br />
  7. 7. Compensation<br />Assistant Professor (5 year appointment)<br />Total pay Rs. 69,812 per month including Rs. 7,600 of house rent allowance (Rs. 49,531 for Assistant professor on contract)<br />Moving expenses Rs. 80,0000<br />Accommodation (after forgoing house rent allowance)<br />Telephone charges<br />Medical benefits<br />Leave Travel Concession for family<br />Pension after 65<br />Professional development allowance of Rs. 1,00,000 per year for three years<br />Start up grant for first three years<br />Note that graduate students in India get their own fellowship<br />
  8. 8. Applying: Steps and Timelines<br />Sending the application packet<br />Getting in touch with the director, dean of faculty or head of the department to inform them that you have applied andshowing interest in visiting<br />Giving a seminar at the institute when visiting India<br />Interview with faculty recruitment committee which can happen through videoconferencing<br />Receipt of offer<br />Time between 1. and 5. can take one year!<br />Time between 4. and 5. is a few weeks. <br />
  9. 9. The application packet<br />Cover letter and application form <br />Curriculum vitae<br />Research proposal<br />Teaching proposal<br />
  10. 10. Few things I learned while going through the process<br />Note and disclaimer: The points below are not official rules or guidelines. They are just my impressions based on my limited experience of the application process.<br />Age – below 35 generally preferred for entry level position<br />There is no fixed time-table and the process can take a long time.<br />Apply as soon as you are ready and your CV looks decent. Set up your personal web page.<br />Communication during the process is not as quick as in the US – expect delays!<br />Head of the institute usually has a significant say in the hiring decision.<br />Teaching experience counts.<br />Being different helps!<br />Visiting the institute and presenting your work and yourself really helps!<br />

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