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IIT lecturers want 6th pay panel salary

They will not cease work. But faculty across the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) may soon conduct lectures sporting black badges.

india Updated: Jul 18, 2009 01:08 IST

They will not cease work. But faculty across the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) may soon conduct lectures sporting black badges.

The teachers are unhappy that almost a year after the revised pay scales as per the Sixth Pay Commission were announced, nothing has happened.

“We are all teachers and we do not like to create any unpleasant situation for our institutes. But the government is really testing out our patience and now we are already pushed to the wall,” said AK Pani, president of the IIT-Bombay Faculty Forum.

Even the Govardhan Committee submitted its report to the Ministry of Human Resource Development in February indicating a 75 per cent increase in the salary of teachers as against the Fifth Pay Commission.

For instance, the gross income of a professor is Rs 42,000. With the revised scale, it will jump to Rs 62,000.

“The Ministry does not consider it prudent to inform the IITs about the status of the report and its implementation status, except for sporadic, anonymous releases from the Ministry,” read a letter by the Faculty Forum of the Indian Institutes of Technology-Bombay.

The professors felt that unless the government offers good incentives, young people will not be attracted to teaching. With eight new IITs and increase in the number of students due to OBC reservation, the need for more teachers assumes importance. According to official estimates, all 15 IITs will see a 302 percent increase in faculty strength over the next 15 years — from the current figure of 2800 to 11, 250.

The IITs function with half the sanctioned strength.

Of the 800 teaching seats at IITB, only 450 are filled.

“The opening of new IITs has also laid additional burden on the teaching staff since each of the old IITs is mentoring the new ones. This means teachers are sent to these new institutes. Even the recruitment of teachers in the new IITs is done by us,” said a professor on anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the press.

Delay in implementing the salary revision may give rise to unpleasant situations. “We do not want academics to suffer. The government is exploiting the situation. But we may be forced to do something unusual. We will decide action plan in the coming week,” said Pani.