Ahmedabad: The Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A), the country’s premier business school, has in principle accepted the pay structure for faculty suggested by the Union government, but kept its implementation in abeyance for a month.

Issues remain: IIM-A director Samir Barua says the faculty still have some concerns regarding promotion and recruitment policies. Amit Dave / Mint

“We have kept the implementation of the pay structure recommendations in abeyance for a month and conveyed our concerns to the ministry (of human resource development)," Barua said.

The government, in its recent pay structure order, put a 40% cap on the number of professors at an institute who can get the additional grade pay. This is one of the points of debate between the teachers and the government.

The IIM-A faculty council had earlier termed the order, which also caps the number of domestic and international conferences a professor can attend annually, an “infringement on academic freedom of the institution".

Although no ready calculations of the new pay structure are available, rough calculations by an IIM faculty member, who did not want to be named, and ‘Mint’ showed that an assistant professor will draw a gross salary of Rs50,000 per month, on a basic salary plus additional grade pay of Rs38,000. Earlier, the inflation- indexed basic salary of an assistant professor was Rs21,780. A professor can draw a monthly gross salary of Rs75,000-80,000 on a basic salary plus additional grade pay of Rs58,500, against an inflation-indexed basic salary of Rs33,396 earlier.

IIM-A expects that status of the concerns will be clear in a month’s time, Barua said.