An officer in the Union ministry of human resources development (MHRD) said that since the model code of conduct is in force, the government would not go for appointment of another director at this juncture and in all probability wait for the new government to decide on the matter. “It is most likely that an acting director would be appointed. Either that, or Chakraborty will get an extension for a month or so,” he said.
Even if the government publishes an advertisement now, aspirants will have 45 days to apply, far more time than the less than one month that Chakraborty has as director.
Sources said a five-member team comprising IITBBS former chairman and vice-chairman of Tata Steel B Muthuraman, IITBBS chairman and MD Vedanta Aluminum S S Roongta, chairman of the IIT council standing committee M M Sharma, MHRD additional secretary Amita Sharma and IIT Bombay former director Ashok Mishra had recently reviewed the performance of IITBBS and submitted a report to the ministry. They had not given a favourable report, the sources said.
Though the government is considering an extension for IIT Hyderabad director U B Desai, IIT Ropar director M K Surappa and IIT Gandhinagar director S K Jain, it is averse to giving a second term to IIT Patna director Anil Bhoumick (who is facing a vigilance case) and Chakraborty, the sources added.
The Union government is not considering another term to Chakraborty because it is not happy with the slow pace of work for the permanent campus of the institute at Aragul village on the outskirts of the city, sources said.
The campus is coming up on a 950-acre plot and had original an commissioning deadline of 2013. During his foundation day lecture on February 12, the IITBBS director had said that the institute would move to its new campus by July this year. While civil works for the hostels are complete, work for water, power supply and peripheral development are yet to be done.