IIT fee hike: Sibal promises positive look
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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 02, 2009, 22:07
New Delhi: With the IIT faculty expressing displeasure over the pay hike, the government on Wednesday assured them to consider their grievances "positively".

The IIT directors today aired their grievances before HRD Minister Kapil Sibal who promised them to sort out the issues.

"We have been given assurances by the minister. Once these assurances are in place, we will be satisfied," an IIT Director said.

The IIT faculties have been demanding that assistant professors should be placed in higher pay band. They have been also demanding performance-related scholastic pay and compensation to aspiring faculties towards the period they spend in research before taking up teaching profession.

The HRD Ministry is understood to have accepted the demand that assistant professors be placed in higher pay band. The other two demands will be discussed in detail at the IIT Council meeting, sources said.

Faculty of certain IITs had gone on strike recently in protest against the new pay regime passed by the union cabinet last month. The faculty allege that the Ministry has completely ignored the recommendations of the Govardhan Mehta Committee.

However, Sibal said their issues would be sorted out "as soon as possible".

Other issues, including measures to make the new IITs self-dependent, were discussed at the meeting.

Sibal asked the IITs to prepare a blueprint of the existing facilities at the new IITs and their requirements. The blueprints will be ready in the next two months time after which the ministry will decide how to go about strengthening the facilities.

The blueprint will touch upon the facilities of rooms, labs, auditorium and other research equipment.

The government started six IITs last year. These institutes have been started on mentoring basis, a mechanism under which the new ones functioned in the campus of the older IITs. The government has decided to two more IITs this year -- one each at Mandi and Indore.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, September 02, 2009, 22:07

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