Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur has started, the first of its kind, a multi-disciplinary short course on Outsourcing Practices in India after recommended by the Union Government.
The course will be taught for only one-week, headed by the Department of Mining Engineering at the Kharagpur campus of IIT. The course will include lectures on how outsourcing of work can be made ethical and legal keeping in mind various parameters.
The special course started on Thursday, with its first batch from the power and coal sectors.
Prof Jayanta Bhattacharya, Department of Mining Engineering and School of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, said, “The companies are thinking short term. They are creating work practices that are not sustainable….”
Pointing out the fact of outsourcing, being unethical and illegal, Bhattacharya emphasized on to make corrections to the system, he further said “Funding or technology is not the problem, but employing people in legal and ethical terms is. The people who draw up a notice inviting tenders or NITs, often from accounts or engineering backgrounds, have no understanding of the law or even, actual engineering practice,”
The course will involve the faculty of Mining Engineering, Intellectual Property Law under the leadership of Vinod Gupta School of Management which in turn have a long experience in dealing with industry-related regulations.
It has been decided that the course will run from time-to-time in the institute throughout the year.