A salary revision recommended months ago, is yet to be implemented.
While the Government is focussed on improving the quality of faculty at educational institutes, it is equally important to ensure they are paid well so that they work well. Less salary and delay in payment of salaries are some of the reasons teachers fail to stick to their institutes.
Teachers at the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) are going to hold a protest against the Central Government over the delay in announcing a revised pay package. An expert committee had recommended a pay revision six months back, but the same has yet to be done.
Earlier, the Ministry of Human Resources & Development (MHRD) had set up an expert committee to suggest the revised pay scales for teachers in IITs, NITs, IIMs and IISc Bangalore. Although the committee’s report was submitted six months back, no further action has been taken till date.
The implementation of the 7th Pay Commission is getting delayed, which is the reason for the delay in salary revision. The new package is pending approval by the cabinet.
The All India IIT Faculty Federation (AIIITFF), which represents 4000 members, has written to all faculty forums at every IIT to hold the protest on Tuesday for an hour, after working hours. Post the protest, the Federation will meet after Diwali, to discuss further plans and issues of the faculties at these institutes.
Teachers at the IITs in Delhi, Madras, Kanpur, Roorkee, BHU and Kharagpur are most likely to hold the protest demonstration.
The pay package of teachers in colleges and universities will also be revised as per the recommendation of the HRD Ministry. The Finance Ministry has suggested reducing the Central Government’s share burden from 80 per cent to 50 per cent, under the proposed additional expenditure, considering the revised scale for teachers of state government colleges and universities for the first 51 months.
To reduce the burden on the Government, the Ministry has suggested autonomous institutes, such as the IITs, NITs and central universities, to raise resources internally to meet at least 30 per cent of the additional expenditure considering the revised pay scale.
These institutes disagree with the proposal suggested by the HRD Ministry.