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Sep 21, 2009 at 07:29pm IST

IIT faculty to go on fast against pay hike

New Delhi: Faculty members of Indian Institutes of Technology have decided to go on a fast on September 24 to protest Union Human Resource Development Ministry's new pay plan which rejects their demand for a 100 per cent hike in salary and more autonomy.

The decision to go on fast was taken at the meeting of faculty of IITs in Kolkata on Monday. The faculty assured that regular classes at IITs won't be affected on the day of the fast.

They have also provided a deadline of October 1 to the HRD Ministry to meet their demands or to come out with a fresh notification.

STRONG REACTION: Decision to go on fast was taken at the meeting of IIT faculty in Kolkata.

The IIT faculty will submit a fresh memorandum of their demands to the HRD Ministry on Tuesday.

Faculty members from IIM Calcutta and Ahmedabad also participated in the meeting.

The HRD Ministry has rejected their demand for a 100 per cent pay hike and more autonomy.

The HRD Ministry on September 16 issued a notification that said that there would be no immediate pay hike for the IIT faculty. The notification also ignored their demands for an increase in allowances.

The government had come up with a revised pay package for faculty of Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs), including IITs, but was silent on lifting the cap on promotion of professors, triggering protest from senior teaching staff who said it would affect the autonomy of the elite institutes.

The fresh notification brought out by the HRD Ministry on the pay structure of CFTIs said that the post of lecturer-cum-post-Doctoral Fellows will be re-designated as Assistant Professors on contract.

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