I'm referring, of course, to the meeting our HRD Minister, Mr. Kapil Sibal, had with IIT directors. Looks like a lot of things were discussed, but on the issue of pay hike demands from IIT faculty, no one appears willing to talk. The only substantive stuff we have is about the assistant professors getting placed in Pay Band 4 directly (which, if true, would actually exceed the current demand of the IIT faculty associations; it was something that they demanded over nine months ago when they met the Goverdhan Mehta committee).
After reporting on this yesterday, this is what The Telegraph had to say today:
... Kapil Sibal today indicated to IIT directors the ministry’s plans to hike the pay of assistant professors — the lowest rung in the permanent faculty structure at the IITs, top officials said.
In the absence of details, all we have are these quotes from two IIT directors::
"The minister has agreed to some changes and we are hopeful they will be acceptable to the faculty," said IIT Guwahati director Gautam Barua. "The final package will be quite good for the faculty," added IIT Bombay director Devang Khakhar. The directors, however, refused to divulge any details.
Then, there is this not-so-positive note in one report:
HRD minister Kapil Sibal's meeting with IIT directors on Wednesday resolved the salary imbroglio ... A detailed presentation by the ministry-showing that IIT faculty after revision got more than UGC scale and even DRDO scientists-seems to have done the trick.[Source: ToI]
So, what else did they talk about? Quite a lot, apparently:
Though a final decision has not been taken, there is a possibility that common counselling for AIEEE and JEE could be held for successful candidates of both entrance tests from 2010. However, a decision on merging IIT-JEE and AIEEE to become a common entrance test for entry to the country's tech schools will be taken later.
[The meeting] also saw the minister assuring the directors that a special cell would be set up in the ministry to facilitate entry of foreign faculty in IITs. The meeting also discussed the need to create, subject to ministry's approval, an international pool of faculty for IITs.
To deal with faculty shortage, IIT directors have been told to double PhD intake and prepare a list of students who were awarded PhD degrees this year. The list may be exchanged with directors of other IITs who can consider them for appointment as faculty.
The ministry told IIT directors about the SC order that asked IITs and other educational institutions to help SC/ST students at each stage.