“I applied to the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Niper) more than a year ago but I’ve not even received an acknowledgement, whereas Singapore National Institute of Chemistry processed my application and offered a position within two months,” said a postdoctoral fellow, who did not wish to be named as he is still keen on joining an Indian institution, as are 12 other researchers in his lab. [...] Mails to the director and dean of Niper bounced back. [...]
The [Indian] researchers [at the Max Planck Institute, Dortmund, contemplating a career in India] are a representative group -— from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) in Pune, Niper, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kanpur, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) in Hyderabad and University of Hyderabad—and not one of them has received a speedy response from any Indian institution.
“IIT Madras asks for a demand draft of Rs300 and a certificate attested by a professor, along with a hard copy by mail at the time of applying,” says a researcher from Calicut University. “This is so impractical today; IIT Mumbai at least waives off the draft for foreign applicants.”
From this Mint story by Seema Singh on the utterly unprofessional conduct by "leaders" (and other people in responsible positions) in some of our premier institutions and laboratories.
I don't know if these horror stories will become a regular series here on this blog; in any case, Part 1 is here.