Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Several alumni of the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology across the country have supported the cause of the IIT faculty members who have been demanding implementation of new pay scales and have threatened to go on an agitation if an announcement does not come through by this weekend.

Brand value

“The Union Government’s decision to open new IITs without recruiting new faculty has already burdened the existing faculty in IITs. IITians have a great brand value not only in India but all over the world. It has taken nearly 60 years to build up this brand name. This brand recognition needs to be sustained,” said Y. P. S. Suri, vice-president of the IIT Kharagpur Alumni Association on Tuesday.

“Inspiring enough” salary

V. K. Saluja of the IIT Delhi Alumni Association appealed to the Union Government to make the salary levels of the teachers “inspiring enough” to attract new minds as most of the IITs were already facing a faculty shortage.