Basant Kumar Mohanty reports The Telegraph: Smriti bins IIT heads shortlist:
In May last year, after the results of the national elections were out but no HRD minister had formally taken charge, the ministry had advertised the posts seeking fresh applications.
The NDA government later set up the search panels for scrutinising applications.
The committees invited the applicants for group discussions and decided to video-record the interaction. But some of the applicants found the process embarrassing and later - when called for the interview with the HRD minister - opted out.
The last sentence doesn't surprise me.
The result of this royal botch-up is that the selection of new directors for three IITs (Ropar, Bhubaneswar and Patna) has been set back by months.