Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Faculty members at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, will join their counterparts at other IITs across the country in observing a hunger strike this Thursday in protest against the “disappointing” pay structure offered to them.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the IIT Faculty Federation at IIT Kharagpur.

“Our representative A.K. Mittal went to attend the meeting on behalf of the IIT-Delhi teachers. He informed that there was a plan for a hunger strike on September 24. This will be discussed among all our teachers on Tuesday. At the general body meeting held this past Friday, IIT-Delhi had decided that we would go with the IIT Faculty Federation on this issue,” said Sanjeev Sanghi, vice-president of the faculty forum at IIT-Delhi.

No disruption

“There will be no disruption of classes. Even last time, when we went on mass casual leave for a day, we later made up for the classes that we could not take that day,” he added.

Most IIT-Delhi teachers have found their pay package approved by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development “a major letdown”.

The Ministry had issued a fresh notification last week on the revision of pay scales of teaching and other staff in the Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs). However, the new notification did not address some of the main demands of the IIT faculty members, said some IIT-Delhi teachers.

“As per the earlier notification (issued on August 18), only 40 per cent of the professors can be promoted to senior grade. Our primary demand was that the Government remove this cap as it affects the flexibility and autonomy of the IITs. This provision has not been altered in the new notification,” said the president of the faculty forum at IIT-Delhi, S. S. Murthy.