New Delhi: Fat pay packages may be in the offing for faculty of central technical educational institutions like IIT and IIMs as the pay review committee set up to recommend new scales for them will submit its report by the month end.
The committee, headed by former director of Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore, Prof Govardhan Mehta, is unlikely to recommend any change in the four-tier structure in the faculty in IITs.
“We are compiling the report. By the end of this month, we will submit it to the ministry of HRD,” Mehta, who was here, said.
“There is nothing wrong in the four-tier structure like Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professors. We are not in favour of change in this structure,” he said.
Mehta’s views comes as a contrast to the three-tier faculty structure adopted by the government for university and colleges. There is no lecturer post in the university and colleges.
“But the technical education system is different. IITs have their own system,” Mehta said.
He said the committee has already met five times to discuss the matter. Earlier, it had met the representatives of the central educational institutions like IITs, IIMs, NITs, IIITs and IISERs.
The committee has also got memorandum on the pay review from academicians and policy makers, he said.
The committee will also suggest revised salaries for physical education teachers and library staff in these institutions.
The committee is also studying the reports of Sixth Pay Commission and the Chadha committee on university and college teachers before finalising its recommendations.
The major issue before the committee is address the problem of retention of teachers and attracting more scholars to join teaching and research at these premier institutes.
There are many vacancies in teaching posts in the IITs and IIMs. The posts are lying vacant in view of unavailability of suitable persons for them.
The committee recommendations would be of vital importance as the government has decided to expand the technical institutions in a big way. The government has decided to set up eight IITs, seven IIMs, 20 IIITs and six NITs across the country. Some of these institutions have already started functioning from last year.
The IITs have made an estimate that they will need about 3,000 teachers in the next ten years to manage teaching and research activities.
The committee’s recommendations would benefit about 10,000 teachers and staff from these technical institutions.