Union HRD Minister Smt. Smriti Irani asked the Directors and Chairmen of IITs to come up with strategies for making the country both manpower ready and teacher ready. Smt. Irani held a Retreat with Directors and Chairmen of 16 IITs in Goa. The interaction focused on issues related to deepening Research & Technological Innovation for meeting national development agenda, enhancing Industry-Academia collaborations, expanding Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), framework on Ranking System that would reflect national concerns and leveraging alumni networks. She said that IITs needed to come up with at least 10 goalposts that India should reach both nationally and internationally in a time-bound manner. A committee consisting of Directors and Chairmen of IITs has been constituted to map various disciplines with respect to their requirement for meeting national manpower goals.
The Union Minister also highlighted the need to develop quality faculty not only for new IITs, IIMs, IISERs but also other institutions in the country. She asked Director IIT Kharagpur and IIT Kanpur to come up with a National Initiative on summer/winter lectures by best of the foreign and the national faculty.