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IIT teachers threaten agitation

In a rare move, teachers of all seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have decided to launch an agitation if the government fails to notify new pay scales by March 20. Chetan Chauhan reports.

india Updated: Mar 17, 2009 01:17 IST
Chetan Chauhan

In a rare move, teachers of all seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have decided to launch an agitation if the government fails to notify new pay scales by March 20.

The last time teachers of all IITs threatened an agitation was 15 years ago — to press for better service conditions. The seven IITs are in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Guwahati and Roorkee.

IIT teachers’ associations have decided to boycott the IIT-Joint Entrance Exam and refused to help set up eight new IITs, resort to mass casual leave and non-participation in recruitment of teachers for existing and new IITs. “We will hold a meeting of representatives of teachers’ councils after March 20 to finalise our course of agitation,” Sunil Pandey, president of the association of all IIT teachers, said.

At an IIT teachers’ forum meeting at IIT-Delhi, participants were unanimous on stopping mentoring of new IITs and participation in selection committees for new recruitment. But there was a division on boycotting the IIT-JEE slated for April. “We will not support anything that can hurt the interest of students unless we are forced to do so,” said a participant.

In a set of resolutions submitted to the human resource development ministry last week, the teachers expressed their anger over the “inordinate” delay in finalising pay scales for teachers in institutes for technical education such as the IITs, IIMs, National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and institutions affiliated to the All India Council for Technical Education.

But the ministry officials said as an interim measure, it has been decided to release an ad hoc grant for teachers at IITs, IIMs and NIT. A professor would get a lump sum of Rs 2 lakh, an associate professor Rs 1.5 lakh, an assistant professor Rs 1 lakh and a lecturer Rs 75,000.