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IIT-M faculty begin strike today

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 20, 2009
First Published: 23:23 IST(20/8/2009) | Last Updated: 01:08 IST(21/8/2009)
Upset over the new pay regime that was passed by the Cabinet recently, the faculty at IIT Madras will boycott classes indefinitely from Friday.

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“We have decided to stop taking classes from tomorrow as our earlier protests of taking classes wearing black badges has not paid off,” said M. Thenmozhi, president of the IIT-Madras Faculty Association.

She said the faculty at IIT-Kharagpur would go on “mass casual leave” on Friday and keep off mentoring activities.

Others, including IIT Delhi, Kanpur and Roorkee, are expected to decide on a course of action after holding their governing body meetings to discuss the HRD Ministry’s notification on the pay regime issued on Thursday.

According to the faculty, the ministry has completely ignored the recommendations of the Mehta committee.

The committee, headed by former Indian Institute of Science director Goverdhan Mehta, was set up by the government to recommend hikes in the pay scales of India’s apex technical education institutions.

The revised annual increments approved by the Cabinet on August 7 are lower than those proposed by the committee.

Notably, the new salaries proposed by the committee were already lower than what the IITs had demanded to tackle a crippling faculty shortage. But this pay regime that the government has approved further reduces the financial benefits.

“The new pay regime makes it compulsory for a faculty to serve a minimum number of years before being eligible for promotion to the next pay band. They have killed merit altogether,” said Ramanathan Gurunath, Associate professor at IIT Kanpur.


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