New Delhi: All the new eight Indian
Institute of Technologies (IITs) established over the last
three years have been asked to have their campuses ready by
2014 even as the government was mulling increasing the funds
allocated for the purpose.
HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, who chaired a meeting of the
directors and chairmen of the new institutes today, said the
new campuses should be ready in the next four years even as
problems of land acquisition continue to dog several of them.
Challenges like securing clearances from state
governments for acquiring land were raised at the meeting, to
which Sibal suggested that a meeting be held here next month
that should also include concerned state government officials
to expedite the acquisition process, sources said.
IIT Patna and IIT Bhubaneswar, though, received
special mention for making a good headway in infrastructure
related development, they said.
Sibal also said his Ministry would move a Cabinet note
on the issue of enhanced allocation of funds for campus
development after the directors drew attention to cost
escalation over the years.
The eight new IITs were set up between 2008 and
2009 in places like Ropar (2008), Bhubaneswar (2008),
Gandhinagar (2008), Hyderabad (2008), Patna (2008), Jodhpur
(2008), Mandi (2009) and Indore (2009), functioning from
temporary campuses at present.
Sources said the issue of augmenting the faculty
strength and pay packages were also discussed at the meeting.
In this regard, it was decided that "topping up" of
government approved salary can be done by the IITs from their
Some IITs also demanded new provisions which would
enable professors of these new institutes draw salary
equivalent to Additional Secretary so as to attract the best
The Minister said he would seek Cabinet`s consent to
provide for the new provision.
At present, the higher administrative grade scale (Rs
67,000-Rs 79,000) is applicable for 40 per cent of professors
in the IITs.
The new IITs said they have been unable to implement
this grade given the handful of faculty they have and
suggested that the provision be amended so that the grade
could be applicable on 40 per cent of the total sanctioned
strength of the IIT.
The Minister also said he would take up the issue of
problems faced by the IITs in getting clearance for receiving
foreign endowments under the Foreign Contribution Regulation
Act with the Home Ministry.