The revised salary packages for the faculty members of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) and Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) may come as a disappointment to many.
The Govardhan Mehta Pay Review Committee has not suggested a big shift in salary for IIT and IIM faculty members. Some of the recommendations of the report were revealed in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday by Minister of State for HRD D Purandeswari in a written reply.
However, a comparison with the salary of university teachers shows that IIT/IIM teachers may get a raw deal.
While maintaining the equivalent pay band concept of the Sixth Pay Commission, the Committee has made small changes in the grade pay level. (see box)
“This is not enough to attract talent to the IITs. We wanted an incentive over and above the salary. We also requested for a senior professor scale so that there is no stagnation,” said A.K. Pani, president, IIT Bombay Faculty Forum.
While an assistant professor in an IIT/IIM will get a grade pay of Rs 8,000, one in a university will start at Rs 6,000 and reach Rs. 8,000 in nine years.