... of post-docs! Let's take a look at the news story before I get to say why I'm disappointed:
The IIT post-doctoral research fellowships at present offer a monthly stipend of Rs 15,000 — this amount was fixed in 2006.
IIT Delhi has proposed raising the fellowship amount to Rs 35,000 per month in the first year of research, and an annual increase capped at Rs 40,000 — irrespective of the length of the research.
Apart from the monthly stipend, fellows can avail of house rent allowance of Rs 10,000 per month at present.
The hike proposal suggests that the HRA start in the first year at Rs 10,000, but be increased up to Rs 15,000 subsequently.
I have nothing against post-docs getting a better salary. But, if this is all there's to it, I'm disappointed.
Let's face it: are the post-docs the most important "limiting factor" in the IITs' quest for research visibility? Particularly when post-doc offers -- going strictly by this report -- are so small in number? At 25 every year in each IIT (and assuming a three-year tenure for each post-doc), aren't we talking about one post-doc for, like, 5 faculty members?
Instead, IITs -- and other institutions -- should really concentrate on the quality and number of their grad students ; they are the real 'limiting factor' that slows down their march towards enhanced research footprint. Shouldn't they be doing something to attract brighter grad students in greater numbers?