IIM-A gives green light to new pay scale

Written by Press Trust of India | Ahmedabad | Updated: Sep 30 2009, 08:55am hrs
The IIM-A has accepted the pay structure revision as suggested by the Centre but has kept its implementation in hold for a month due to some concerns.

"The IIM-A faculty council has accepted the decision on the pay structure revision suggested by the government in principle, but we have some concerns regarding promotion and recruitment policies," IIM-A director Samir Barua said. "We have kept the implementation of the pay structure recommendations in abeyance for a month and conveyed our concerns to the (HRD) ministry," he said. The IIM-A expects that status of their concerns will be clear in a month's time, Barua said. On whether they would go ahead with the IITs if issues they have raised are not resolved, he said, "IITs are a divided house, they do not have complete unity."

The government, in its recent pay structure order, has put 40% cap on promotion of a professor to senior grade on the basis of performance.

IIM-A faculty council had earlier termed the new order which puts 40 per cent cap on the promotion of professor to senior grade, and also caps the number of domestic and international conferences a professor can attend annually, as 'infringement on academic freedom of the institution.'The council was also of the view that promotion of professors should be based on academic merit and it should be regardless of how many professors already exists in any pay grade.

So far government has just clarified about the appointment of assistant professors in the new order to an extent. The order is silent on the demands of scholastic pay raised by the IIMs, including IIM-A and IIM-Calcutta. IIM-A faculty members had also raised concerns about the new order which imposes a cap on the number of domestic and international conferences a professor can attend during a year.