IIM-A accepts new pay structure, but has concerns



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