Addressed the Assistant Professors today. While only 35 could join us at the CET studio, 211 of my friends joined the session, online, to discuss the institutional policy and our vision and plan of action in the coming years. It is important that we have clarity regarding our roles in the COVID situation, what is expected from us to meet the goals of the National Education Policy, Atmanirbhar Bharat. The future of IIT Kharagpur's academia has a crucial role to play in the growth and development of the Institute. In the current scenario, teaching is a challenge. While we have moved to the online mode, it has several disadvantages such as low attendance and attention span, lack of peer learning etc. To address these issues, we discussed new possibilities of innovations in online teaching through dialogue with students in the classes and improve interactions. Further for those who miss the classes, lecture notes need to be drafted intelligently. Another aspect we discussed is the positioning of the Institute globally. To reach our goals and sustain them, the Assistant Professors would need to focus on research output through the procurement of sponsored projects, publications in high-impact factor journals, citations, patents. We have three clear criteria - teaching, research and consultancy. We hope to excel in each of these especially in one of them while maintaining high performance in the others. If we have to achieve our rank among the top global universities, we need to strive towards a common goal and a set roadmap.
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