Shruthi Balakrishna and Darinia Khongwir interviewed Prof. S. Sadagopan, Dirctor, Indian Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore, on the occasion of that institution's 10th birthday. I'm linking to the interview here mainly for the kind of bold vision articulated by Prof. Sadagopan.
There are other interesting bits as well; here's how he compares his institution with IITs:
We have become a university, have a nice campus and many put us in the league of big and established institutes. It's very pleasing for us, but we also tremble inside.
Because recently, there was a column which was trying to compare the number of research papers produced. It said that a typical IIT has 3,000 papers and we produce 279. Anybody who looks at it cursorily will say that's bad. But what they don't realize is that we are a small institute. A typical IIT has a faculty of 400-500 members, while IIIT-B has 20. If you look at it that way, we are much better off.
Why the disparity then?
Very often, we are put on a par with IISc, whose budget is Rs 500 crore, while ours is not even Rs 10 crore. The total grant to IIIT-B from the government has been Rs 10 crore over 10 years.
The study he talks about is by Gangan Prathap and B.M. Gupta, which we covered here.
Here's another bit from the interview:
Will you introduce UG programmes?
Introducing UG has its own disadvantages and one cannot jump into it quickly. We don't want to fall into the `fashion-of-the-month' game.
Fashion of the month? He makes it sound as if tons of Indian universities are "falling into [this] game" every month. Wonder where he gets this idea from. Not this, I hope!