Pay anomalies: NIT teachers to write to Prez
The administrative faculty, including four deans and nine professors of the Dr BR Ambedkar National Institute of Technology who had resigned from their additional duties on Tuesday, has now decided to write to President Pranab Mukherjee following director SK Das' refusal to address their concerns regarding anomalies in salaries.punjab Updated: Mar 26, 2014 22:59 IST
The administrative faculty, including four deans and nine professors of the Dr BR Ambedkar National Institute of Technology who had resigned from their additional duties on Tuesday, has now decided to write to President Pranab Mukherjee following director SK Das' refusal to address their concerns regarding anomalies in salaries.
Out of 107 teachers in the institute, 58 had resigned from additional duties. These include deans, proctors, deputy registrar, wardens, public information officer and many other from administration apart from four deans and nine professors.
As per the NIT Faculty Forum vice-president NK Srivastava, "We will now write to the President who happens to be the ex-officio visitor of all NITs, seeking his intervention into the matter regarding the poor administrative governance and non-implementation of board of governors' decisions and approved government rules."
He said proper pay fixation of the faculty as per the 6th pay commission has not been done for more than four years.
The members of the forum submitted their resignations to director SK Das through a declaration signed by the staff. They also marked a copy to Ashok Thakur, secretary, higher education, ministry of HRD, and Anil Kakodkar, chairman, board of governors, NIT, and deputy commissioner Varun Roojam.
"Despite the fact that the issues have been resolved, the decisions have not been implemented yet. Also the grant of PhD increments to the assistant professors at entry level and MTech and MPhil increments to the faculty in service approved by the board of governors has not been released for the past four years," he said.
"Despite having discussions with us, the director is now behaving in an autocratic manner. Till now no response has been given to the requests by the forum for meeting the director to resolve these issues," he added.
Srivastava alleged that the director has been issuing orders and threatening the faculty members through written orders.
The faculty members were also infuriated over non-implementation of professional development allowance (PDA) rules approved by the board of governors, which would cause a loss of about `1 crore as March 31 is the last date for financial disbursement for the current PDA block.
The professors are issued `3 lakh (`1 lakh per year) on reimbursable basis for every block period of three years to meet the expenses for participating in national and international conferences, workshop, symposia, training programmes and paying membership fee to professional bodies and contingent expenses for adding equipment.
Srivastava said the directors had also not released the PDA grant of many faculty members and the grant would lapse after March 31.
Though faculty members had started taking classes from Tuesday so that students don't suffer, they would continue to shun additional duties, which would affect the paperwork, research work and other administrative jobs.