Thursday, August 6, 2009

IIT faculty to agitate for pay hike from today

Around 3,000 faculty members across the Indian Institutes of Technology are expected to wear black badges at work tomorrow in a rare public display of frustration at repeated delays in promised salary hikes.

A government panel under the former Indian Institute of Science director, Goverdhan Mehta, recommended a raise for the faculty at apex technical institutions like the IITs and the IIMs in early February.

But six months later, the government is yet to approve any hike in teacher pay at these institutes.

Professor Kanchan Chowdhury, president of IIT Kharagpur Teachers’ Association, said, “We will try to ensure that the student community does not suffer. Being responsible teachers, we are in a difficult situation to press hard for our demands.”
At its last meeting on July 24 the All India IIT Faculty Federation (AIIITFF) resolved to take recourse to several expressions of protest such as wearing black armbands/badges and mass if the government continued to ignore the plight of the IIT faculty.
“Even while deciding on a course of action like mass casual leave, we are trying to work out something so that students’ academic losses are compensated,” Chowdhury said.
The seven IITs — New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Guwahati and Roorkee — have cl-ose to 35,000 students.

But even in their protest today, the IIT faculty will show what makes them different from teachers at several other Indian universities. They will take classes as usual wearing a black badge of protest on their shirt pocket.

On August 1, the All India IIT Faculty Federation — the conglomeration of bodies representing teachers at each IIT — met at IIT Delhi and decided on the protest against the delay in their pay hike.

Source : Inputs from The Telegraph & Central Chronicle.


6 comments :

pku said...

“We will try to ensure that the student community does not suffer. Being responsible teachers, we are in a difficult situation to press hard for our demands.”

You should also try to ensure that such news should not come in public display like in newspaper. Badges should be weared under the shirt so that no body can see it, otherwise 'being responsible teacher', what are you going to show to students? What students are going to learn from you!

Zi said...
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Siva said...
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Siva said...

The comment made by Pku should be kicked from this blog. Wait and watch ....

sspplm said...

Dear Siva,

Your blog reveals your standard of taste. Try to maintain your status using polished language.

panky said...

Dear Siva

Dont talk to these assholes.. u know i kicked NIT job and will never regret, even i will have to teach without salary in IIT.. i was with these idiots for 5 years.. believe me, these guys dont deserve even to enter IIT campuses, then what to say about their comments about IIT.. they r filthy fellas.

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