Chair positions provide the resources our faculty need to do outstanding work in research and development, promote excellence and bring in the most recent and effectual pedagogy in teaching. They also confer prestige to the holder and the institution. As a result, chairs provide IIT Delhi with a valuable tool in recruiting and retaining the best faculty.
Speaking on the benefits of research chairs to the recipient faculty, Prof. Bishnoi said, “Apart from giving motivation and visibility to faculty members, Industry/Alumni-sponsored chairs also offer research funds to carry out proof-of-concept research that would be difficult to fund from other sources”. The incumbent also becomes a bridge between the Industry/Alumni and the institute, promoting new collaborations. Though the Chair’s funds are supplementary to what the incumbent can arrange from other activities, a small budget that is flexible may help in many ways: from filling the gap in accelerating the research to hiring an intern.
In the words of Mehra Chair Professor P.V.M. Rao: “As IIT Delhi is embarking on its journey towards a global institute of excellence, it will need substantial physical, financial, and intellectual resources. Much of it will come from Government and sponsored projects. Alumni’s contribution to this endeavour is crucial. They can pitch in where certain types of resources are not possible for the institute to generate. Alumni can help in triggering new initiatives in their initial phases of inception.”
Alumni scholarships are a vital medium for a substantial number of students to support studies at IIT Delhi. Such scholarships help students coming from disadvantaged backgrounds to meet their financial needs. They help students learn, explore, and innovate better. Moreover, it helps many students pay for research and travel to conferences which they would not do otherwise. Scholarships are also a motivation to continue excelling in academics. We talked to a few students, and this is what they had to say: