Here's the report:
The guidelines issued on pay structure are only norms, he said, adding that the "IIT system has the flexibility to deviate from the norms in exceptional cases. We are prepared to re-visit any of the guideline in case of exceptional cases."
"If in a particular discipline faculty is not available as per the existing norms, the IITs can relax the norms to absorb any person," Sibal said.
In another report, Sibal invokes Gandhi Jayanti:
“On Gandhi Jayanti, I want to give good news to the nation. Now, there is no issue between the government and the IITs," Mr Sibal said after an hour-long meeting with IITs faculty federation here. Though there will be no change in the salary structure of the IIT faculty, the government is flexible on certain issues where there is a need for exception.
So, how did the IIT FA reps react?
Prof M Thenmozhi, President of All India IIT Faculty Federation, said they were happy with the discussions with Sibal. "The Minister has assured us about IIT retaining flexibility and they can relax norms. This will help IITs move forward," she said. [source]
Ah, this victory must smell so sweet! I can almost hear the popping of champagne corks from Guwahati to Mumbai, from Ropar to Chennai.
I wonder what they do at Gandhinagar to celebrate ;-)