IIT Delhi: Recently, IIT Delhi had put up an ad for the job of a dog handler but this ad went viral, here is why:
IIT Delhi has a vacancy for the post of a dog handler and there was a discussion going on about the salary to be paid for the employee. But what the institute didn’t realize was that they messed up the qualifications needed for the job.
Minimum requirements mentioned were, B.Tech/B.com/ B.Sc./BA. This ad immediately went viral on the internet. After which they had to take it down.
In a press statement issued on Sunday, IIT Delhi said, “In reference to a job advertisement dated 26-08-2020 for a post titled “Dog Handler” (on purely contract basis), IIT Delhi would like to clarify that the minimum qualification as mentioned in the advertisement got inadvertently copied from another job advertisement. The qualification intended in the advertisement was ‘Bachelor of Veterinary Science’.”
“The institute has canceled the current recruitment process after this mistake was brought to the notice of higher authorities”, IIT Delhi said.
A fresh process in due course will be initiated to hire a Consultant (on a pure contract basis) with the suitable minimum qualification required for the job profile that involves proper care of a large number of stray dogs on the campus (providing them medical aid like vaccination, medicine, IV drip, etc. and food), handling of issues and challenges relating to stray dogs, liaison with campus community- students, employees, construction workers, etc., local government bodies and NGOs, IIT Delhi said in the statement.
According to the advertisement, the job is open for people between 21 and 35 years old, male or female, and the salary can go up to Rs 45,000 per month. The salary seems to be much higher than in comparable positions elsewhere.
While Dog Handler positions usually have minimum qualification is of 10+2, the notice by IIT-Delhi states “B.A/B.Sc/B.Com/B.Tech or any equivalent undergraduate degree” as the eligibility criteria.
The applicant also needed to have a four-wheeler to be able to drive the dog to a veterinarian if needed. A photo of the advertisement was widely shared on social media before the retraction by IIT Delhi.
Another posted: “This teacher’s day, life teaches you that no degree goes to waste.”
After this post went viral the institute’s Director, V Ramgopal Rao jumped in and cleared the air. He tweeted, “Guys, this was a mistake. I checked. If you see the job description they are seeking a bachelor’s in Veterinary Sciences. By mistake, B.Tech, etc got copied from another advertisement. Humans make mistakes lets leave it at that. @iitdelhi.”