The IIT Affiliate Program

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Proposed program to make the IIT education accessible to everyone.

Proposed program to make the IIT education accessible to everyone.

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  • 1. The IIT Affiliate Program A program to make teaching and research at IIT more attractive to faculty as well as PhD students
  • 2. In Next Few Pages
    • IIT affiliate program
      • A distance learning program
    • Teach 50x more students at 0.8x quality
    • Offers individual course certification
      • Affiliated students pick and choose courses
      • Pay for the courses
    • No additional Infrastructure needed
    • Financial rewards for faculty and graduate students
    • Attract talented affiliated students for PhDs at IITs
    • No Government help needed
  • 3. Background Faculty crunch at IIMs, IITs IIT-Bombay faculty joins nationwide protest for higher pay IIT faculty to go on hunger strike on Sep 24 IIT Bombay, Roorkee faculty go on mass leave The professors of IIT Bombay who held placards and walked out of the campus pointed out that to become the professor of an IIT, one has to have a PhD which entails loss of income. The government is not even giving any scholastic pay, said another professor of IIT Bombay. IIT faculty take casual leave to protest against snipped pay hike Foreign Faculty to teach at IITs Faculty shortage: IITs to go on a global hunt IIT faculty vacancies at 30%’ Govt raises pay for IIT faculty Professors earn Rs 50000 at IIT, Rs 5 lakh at Harvard
  • 4. A Simple Solution
    • Learn from the the story of Higwe Bazar
      • A video by Arvind Kejriwal
      • http://www.nextindia.org/index.php/2009/07/04/swaraj-story-of-hiware-bazar/
    • IIT Affiliate program
      • Don’t ask the Government, do it yourself
      • Provide IIT quality education to 20x more students
      • Increase financial opportunities to faculty
      • Attract more PhD students
  • 5. The IIT Affiliate Program
    • An IIT distance learning program for
      • Corporate employees
      • UG students in affiliated colleges
    • Offer course certification with grades
    • Maintain same quality at that of IIT students
    • Same questions paper as regular IIT students
    • Same evaluation standards
    • Get paid well
  • 6. Logistics
    • Record IIT lectures
    • Distribute DVDs within 24 hours of lecture delivery
      • May consider live webcast/telecast – but less reliable, more expensive doesn’t add value if students cannot ask live questions
    • Strict quality control of testing is a must
      • Success of IITs is partly because of the quality and integrity of its entrance test
      • The program to be made highly prestigious
    • Enroll 50x students, let 40x fail
      • After all everyone doesn’t get admitted to IITs
    • Conduct major/minors with regular IIT students
      • Same tests as those to regular IIT students
      • Decide cutoffs based on the bell-curve of IIT-students only
      • Use those cutoffs to decide grades to the affiliates
  • 7. Finances
    • Get paid well (even failed students pay)
      • If they can pay Kota coaching Institutes why not pay IITs?
      • Everyone doesn’t get admitted to IITs but everyone pays Kota
    • But an IIT Affiliate gets the IIT education
      • Minus formal degree and lab works
      • Plus IIT course certification
    • Some numbers
      • Affiliate strength 1000
      • A three credit course if charged at
        • Rs 1000 per month per college student per credit
        • Rs. 3000 per month per corporate student per credit
      • Will generate Rs. 30-90 Lakhs per month
    • Use the money to
      • Handle logistics cost
      • Pay faculty consulting fee proportional to the number of students enrolled in course
      • Pay graduate students who assist faculty in handling the course
  • 8. Some Important Points to Consider
    • Ensure freedom, accountability and decentralized decision making
    • Each department to handle affiliates program independently
    • Each faculty free to decide course prerequisites
      • Needs to be a regular IIT course
      • Need a critical mass of regular IIT students (for grading/QC)
      • Gets paid by course strength
    • Students free to choose courses
      • Faculty evaluation to be made public
      • To help next batch of affiliate pick the courses
    • Efficient operation using outsourcing
      • Lecture recording and distribution
      • Financial management
  • 9. Long Term Plan: IIT for Everyone
    • IIT-degree to full-time students
      • In selected local engineering colleges
    • Follow the complete IIT curriculum
    • A pyramidal structure
    • Admission to next semester conditional on good performance in the past semester
    • Selected affiliate students may study in IIT campus in the final years
    • Invited to the IIT campus interviews
    • Get access to faculty recommendations
    • May join MS/PhD program at IITs
    IIT Strength = X Year 1 (50x) Year 2 (10x) Year 3 (2x) Year 4 (x/2): Get IIT Degrees
  • 10. Conclusions
    • Most major Universities in US have distance education programs
      • Charge heavy fee
      • Make extensive use of IT and Internet
    • Why can’t IITs do it?
    • The IIT affiliate program
      • Good for society
        • Can teach many more students with little addition in infrastructure
      • Good for students
        • IIT opportunity for those who had a bad day on JEE (e.g. traffic jam)
      • Good for faculty – get more income
      • May be able to attract more PhD students
        • Access to 50x more students
    • IITB already making video lectures available, for free
      • Complement it with rigorous testing and certification
    • Instead of asking higher salaries, ask freedom
    • To run the IIT affiliate program