Saturday, August 8, 2009

Tech Teachers' Pay Hike : Pay sets tech hierarchy

Faculty at the Indian Institutes of Information Technology will no longer receive salaries as high as their counterparts in IITs, under a new pay regime that redefines the hierarchy among India’s apex technical education institutions.

The IIITs and the Indian School of Mines in Dhanbad have been stripped of pay parity with the IITs and placed a peg lower with the National Institutes of Technology, top government officials told The Telegraph.

The new pay regime, approved by the cabinet yesterday, has hiked the salaries of teachers across all central technical institutions, keeping them above the pay of faculty at the country’s central universities.

Officials continued to remain tight-lipped about the exact amount that teachers at these institutions will receive.

But the pay hierarchy sharpens the government’s definition of its premier institutions, relegating others to a second rung ignoring pleas for parity from their teachers, sources said.

The IITs, the IIMs, the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, the Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research and the National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai, have been placed in the apex set of institutions. Faculty at these institutions will enjoy the highest pay scales on offer in government educational institutions under the new regime, sources said.

But teachers at the IIITs — a brand of IT schools that India conceived a decade back to cash in on the country’s booming software industry — and ISM Dhanbad will have to settle for less.

As of now, faculty at the IIITs and ISM Dhanbad receive the same pay as the IITs, officials said.

“The reason for this was that the former were considered the country’s top IT schools and the latter the apex mining institution. But the new pay regime recognises them as a grade lower than the IITs,” a source said.

The IIITs and the ISM have been placed in a second rung — behind the apex set of institutes — with the NITs under the new pay structures, sources said. The same structure — of two rungs — will hold for salaries of directors of the institutes, with the heads of the IITs, IIMs, IISERs, IISc Bangalore and the NITIE receiving more than the rest.

The cabinet’s approval for salary hikes came after a government team fine-tuned recommendations of a panel it had appointed under former IISc Bangalore director Goverdhan Mehta to revise pay scales.

Source : The Telegraph.


PREM said...

The Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad an apex Mining Institute in the country and one of its kind in Asia which has world class infrasructure, teaching and facilities and IIT level faculty and which is called with respect among all the Mining institutes world over, died because of assasination by none other than the Ministry of HRD headed by sharp (shooter) Hon. Minister Shri Kapil Sibal and under the guidance of Dr Manmohan Singh Prime Minister, under whose chairmanship the cabinet took the decision at the behest of Shri Kapil Sibal. This institute which had enjoyed the glorious past and whose convocations had been addressed by a galaxy of great men of the country including First President Dr Rajendra Prasd, First Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru , president Dr A Kalam and the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh himself.
The institute was downgraded to second rung and the push-down-the cliff came under the leadership of the Prime Minister himself in a cabinet meeting chaired by him.
The faculty, staff and students never expected this 'gift' from the Prime minister himself, in whose convocation address once the institute took pride and still cherish those moments as glorious for herself.
In 1998 the institute was elevated by MHRD (under Dr. M M Joshi as Union Minister ) alongwith IISc bangalore to IIT level by granting IIT scales to its Faculty and by including it in IIT Joint Entrance Examination.

During last 5 years the arch rival of Dr MM Joshi Shri Arjun Singh also did not think of downgrading ISM Dhanbad a fine institute in itself, but all cedit goes to Shri Kapil Sibal for demolishing this fine institute and for convincing the Prime minister to agree for this demolition.
This happened when this institute has done extremely well by increasing its student strength from mere 1100 to now about 2400. In the time of recession also the placement has been extremely well.
Further two institutes BHU-IT and Engg College Sibpur which were in lower grade than ISM Dhabad have been upgraded. There is no valid reason if the performances are compared to downgrade this glorious institute except a strong bias of some MHRD officials.
We teachers of ISM University are pained to see in front of our eyes, the death of this fine institute at the hands of MHRD which is supposed to improve the educational institutes in the country and whose job is not to degrade the well known institute rather they should help them to improve further.
- Dr P P Bahuguna
President, ISM Teachers Association
ISM Dhanbad

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