IIM-A accepts new pay structure, but has concerns

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 18:43

Ahmedabad: The Indian Institute of
Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) has accepted the pay structure
revision as suggested by the Centre but has kept its
implementation in abeyance for a month due to some concerns.

"The IIM-A faculty council has accepted the decision on
the pay structure revision suggested by the government in
principle, but we have some concerns regarding promotion and
recruitment policies," IIM-A Director Dr Samir Barua told
reporters today, while speaking about major decisions taken at
the institute`s Board of Governors meeting held last week.
"We have kept the implementation of the pay structure
recommendations in abeyance for a month and conveyed our
concerns to the ministry (Ministry of Human Resource
Development)," he said.

The IIM-A expects that status of their concerns will be
clear in a month`s time, Barua said.

On whether they would go ahead with the IITs if issues
they have raised are not resolved, he said, "IITs are a
divided house, they do not have complete unity."

The IIM-A faculty council had demanded that
implementation of the ministry order on pay structure be
delayed by a month, before future course of action is decided
by them.

The government, in its recent pay structure order, has
put 40 per cent cap on promotion of a professor to senior
grade on the basis of performance.

IIM-A faculty council had earlier termed the new order
which puts 40 per cent cap on the promotion of professor to
senior grade, and also caps the number of domestic and
international conferences a professor can attend annually, as
`infringement on academic freedom of the institution.`
The council was also of the view that promotion of
professors should be based on academic merit and it should be
regardless of how many professors already exists in any pay
grade.

So far government has just clarified about the
appointment of assistant professors in the new order to an
extent. The order is silent on the demands of scholastic pay
raised by the IIMs, including IIM-A and IIM-Calcutta.

IIM-A faculty members had also raised concerns about the
new order which imposes a cap on the number of domestic and
international conferences a professor can attend during a
year.

Bureau Report



First Published: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 18:43

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