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Friday, August 21, 2009

‘Strike’ at IITs, IIMs from today

Aug. 20: Faculty members of all Indian Institutes of Technology and Indian Institutes of Management have threatened to stop taking classes from Friday and go on mass casual leave indefinitely in protest against the human resources development ministry’s move to curtail enhanced "incentives" proposed by a Central pay panel.

This protest is likely to affect the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, as well.

HRD ministry officials were holding talks with IIT/IIM faculty representatives till late Thursday night to resolve the issue.

The faculty members allege that the new pay structure notified by the HRD ministry earlier this week sets annual increments at scales lower than those set out by the pay panel headed by former Indian Institute of Science director Goverdhan Mehta.

The panel had proposed better incentives for IIT and IIM teachers to counter better salaries offered by industry and foreign universities in an effort to stop the brain drain from these top institutes.

The anomalies include low pay for fresh PhDs and those with less than three years’ experience.

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