Saturday, October 03, 2009

How the media reported on yesterday's meeting ...

... between HRD Minister Kapil Sibal and IIT FA representatives. I have used bold emphasis quite liberally.

The Economic Times:

The month-long impasse between IIT faculty and HRD ministry was resolved on Friday with minister Kapil Sibal offering a face saver to the protesting faculty.

Without rolling back guidelines set out in the September 16 notification, Mr Sibal has offered IITs 'flexibility' in interpreting the order. ...

The Times of India:

Without changing a word from the government's September 16 pay notification and by just using the word `flexibility', HRD minister Kapil Sibal on Friday assuaged the IIT faculty that has been protesting for nearly six weeks against the pay structure and autonomy.


While Sibal agreed to "re-look" the contentious issue of promotions, including a 40% cap, to senior grade, he refused to concede their other demand for better pay. [...]

Ashok Jhunjhunwala of IIT-Chennai, however, said the minister said or offered nothing new. "Most demands were met earlier when our directors met the HRD minister. [... ] The teachers were looking for an escape route to wriggle out of this situation, which Sibal provided," he said.

The Hindu:

... Federation president M. Thenmozhi said [that] ... the Federation has been told that amendments would be made in the September 16 notification on pay revision of teachers in Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTI) to remove minor irritants.


  1. Anonymous said...

    This is what I call the Bollywoodisation of news. For these people, nothing is worth reporting unless they can cast it in terms of a big fight. The TV people are the worst culprits. I now think they do more harm than good by their "reporting".

    The IIT FA should have made something dramatic to catch attention of these idiots. Show them the dilapidated accommodation dished out to new faculty. Take them around your centuries-old looking labs and department buildings, and lousy campus canteens and student mess.

    And what about the babus you have to deal with daily, right on campus. The difficulty, delays and high cost in buying equipments for experiments. You can say good-bye to Nobel prize mister Sibal. Stick to defending your party on TV, since you are so much better at it.

    But of course you are not allowed to do all this. There is a law which says you cannot criticize the government. And the directors would have been at your throats if you did anything like this. Theres freedom of expression for you.