How often have we all heard the familiar, ‘I am too busy’ excuse, when something, however minor, needs to be done. As an administrator, of sorts, I have often had to recruit colleagues to the task of carrying out the many (and sometimes tiresome) chores that are so necessary in academic institutions. Not infrequently, accomplished and capable colleagues tell me, ‘I am too busy. Find someone else’.
In major institutions across India, one can classify faculty as those who do research and (a) serve on institutional committees (b) do not serve on institutional committees but serve on national committees (c) those who do not serve on any committees. Besides, there are a few faculty who do administrative work but no research and some who do neither research nor administrative work and, yet, constantly complain that they are busy.