IIT-IIM faculty reject HRD plan, demand pay hike

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IIM A Campus
New Delhi, Sep 21: The IIM and IIT professors rejected the latest proposals of the Human Resource Development Ministry on pay scales and autonomy describing them as 'infringement' on academic freedom.

The faculties of the IITs and the IIMs are preparing a joint charter demanding pay hikes and autonomy to be presented to Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal.

“It is for the first time that IIT professors and IIM professors are sitting down together to discuss what is there in the Sixth Pay Commission and how it is affecting us," said Dr Bharat Sheth, professor at IIT Mumbai.

The IIM-A faculty council met in Ahmedabad opposing the HRD Ministry"s order on pay structure.

The proposal was asked to be delayed for a month to decide the future course of action.

“Faculty council has termed the recent Union HRD ministry orders on pay structure as infringement on academic freedom, and has asked the institute director to postpone its implementation by a month," a senior faculty council member.

IIM (A) decided to take up the issue with other IIMs and IITs and premier institutions like the IISc Bangalore.

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