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NIT teachers boycott classes for third day, to continue agitation

punjab Updated: Feb 13, 2014 22:17 IST
HT Correspondent

As many as 100 teachers boycotted classes at Dr BR Ambedkar National Institute of Technology (NIT) for the third consecutive day to protest against non-acceptance of their long-pending demands and the proposal of four-tier faculty structure in the NITs.

Pramod Kumar, assistant professor and president of NIT Faculty Forum, said that in spite of their repeated appeals, their demands have not been heard by the board of governors.

He said that a proper fixation of the salary of the faculty as per the 6th pay commission has not been done for more than four years.

"In spite of the fact that the issues were discussed and resolved, the demands have not been implemented yet. Also the grant of PhD increments to assistant professors at the entry level and MTech, MPhil increments to the faculty in service approved by the board of governors have not been released for the last four years," he said.

NK Srivastava, vice-president of the forum, said that they have not got promotions under the career advancement scheme while other NITs have done so.

The teachers also opposed the proposal of implementation of four-tier structure by ministry of human resource development.

As per the four-tier system, only those assistant professors would be appointed professors who have seven years of experience against three years earlier.

An associate professor at academic grade pay of `9,500 with four years' experience will be eligible for the post of professor. However, who had been in the `9,000 grade would also be eligible but they should have seven years' experience.

Pramod said that they will not get promotions under this system. "We had discussed the demands and the proposal with the board of governors but we have got no response."

The teachers said they would continue their protest on Monday also. NIT Director SK Das was on leave.