Centre plans to amend a new pay regime for IIT and IIM

The Centre plans to approach the cabinet to amend a new pay regime for IIT and IIM faculty, agreeing to a quantum hike in assistant professor salaries to quell an unprecedented pay dispute rocking the institutes. Human resource development minister Kapil Sibal yesterday indicated to IIT directors the ministry’s plans to hike the pay of assistant professors - the lowest rung in the permanent faculty structure at the IITs, top officials said.

HRD minister Kapil Sibal’s meeting with IIT directors on Wednesday seems to have settled the issue that had led to a strike by IIT faculty, including that of IIT Bombay. A detailed presentation that brought out the fact that the IIT faculty post revision has gained more than the UGC scale, exceeding what even DRDO scientists have received, seems to have clinched the issue. Sibal said some other issues that remain would be resolved soon.

According to IIT-Guwahati director Gautam Barua, the discussion with the minister regarding the pay scales had been ’very positive’. He said the ministry promised to look into the apprehensions that faculty members had regarding the revised scales.

Under the pay scales notified earlier this month, assistant professors were placed at a starting monthly salary of Rs 30,000, in a range referred to as pay band 3.

The HRD ministry has decided that salaries for assistant professors will now start at Rs 37,400 a month in a higher pay range - called pay band 4.

The academic grade pay - a rank-based increment - for assistant professors will remain at Rs 8,000 a month as notified earlier this month.

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