NEW DELHI : The National Institutes of Technology
have demanded pay parity with the faculty of the Indian Institutes of
Technology under a proposed salary regime that will enable them to compete
for top teachers.
NIT directors rejected a differential pay structure between their
institutes and the IITs proposed by a central pay panel at a meeting with
Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal last week, officials said.
The meeting was slated as a courtesy call on Sibal, HRD ministry sources
said. “But it transformed into a forum for the directors to demand that
their faculty are not ready to accept lower pay than the IITs,” an
The demand follows recommendations of the pay panel for Central technical
institutes, headed by former Indian Institute of Science director
Goverdhan Mehta. It suggested continuing with the different pay
The IITs have traditionally enjoyed better pay for their faculty than the
NITs and other top Central engineering institutions, including four Indian
Institutes of Information Technology.
But the NITs, which also hold the tag of “Institutes of National
Importance” like the IITs, argue that the government must no longer
discriminate between different institutions it funds.
“Jawaharlal Nehru University may have a better reputation than some other
central varsities, but the same pay scales hold for all Central
universities. There is no reason why the system should be different in
technical education,” an NIT director said.
The NITs also argue that lower pay scales prevent them from competing with
the IITs for top teachers, propelling them into a “vicious cycle” where
they can never hope to catch up with the IITs in quality.
The NITs had asked for equal pay during discussions with the Mehta
committee on the salary review, according to the panel’s report.
Panel members point out that their report has recommended a hike in pay
for faculty of all institutes, including the NITs. “It is natural for
people to differ in their opinions on our report, but we believe we have
given teachers across all institutions a wonderful deal,” Mehta said.
Another member argued that the different faculty structures at the IITs
and the NITs make it “impossible” for their pay structures to be common.
The IITs have a four-tier faculty structure, with lecturers at the bottom
of the rung followed by assistant professors, associate professors and
The NITs have a three-tier structure. The Mehta panel has recommended that
entrants to the NITs be called assistant professors, with associate
professors and professors above them.
The panel has recommended identical salaries for IIT lecturers and NIT
assistant professors. It has suggested that NIT associate professors
receive pay that falls in between the salaries of IIT assistant professors
and associate professors.
Professors at the NITs are placed on a par with associate professors of
the IITs, according to the suggested pay structure.
Six more NITs to be opened in
North East states
NEW DELHI : Six of the nine new National
Institutes of Technology promised by the UPA government
will be set up in the Northeast, one in each state which
does not have a NIT at present.
The Human Resource Development Ministry had written to
the chief ministers of Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram,
Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim asking them to
allocate land for the NITs, senior officials told
Assam and Tripura already have such institutes (in
Silchar and Agartala).
The ministry had also written to the Puducherri, Goa and
Uttarakhand administration where NITs will be set up,
The move follows controversial changes to the
institutes’ admission policy last year which the
northeastern states termed as "discriminatory against
regions traditionally backward in technical education."
The NITs admit students on the basis of their
performance in the All India Engineering Entrance
Examination (AIEEE), a national-level test conducted by
Till last year, 50 per cent of the seats in the NITs
were filled by domiciled candidates of the state in
which the NIT is located. The states without NITs were
also allocated reserved seats at other NITs, based on
The rationale for the reservation was that most of the
NITs were initially set up as Regional Engineering
Colleges (RECs) aimed at developing technical education
in specific states.
A key precondition placed by states for the transfer of
these institutes to the Centre as NITs was the
continuation of reservation for students belonging to
the respective states.
Last year, the HRD Ministry changed the admission policy
for the NITs. The move was considered controversial for
The institutes are officially autonomous bodies and it
is their apex decision making body, the NIT Council, and
not the HRD Ministry, that is empowered to alter the
Secondly the new admission policy also ended
state-specific reservations, stipulating that all seats
would be filled up on the basis of a student’s merit
determined by performance in the AIEEE.
The end of reservations at the NITs was discriminatory
against relatively less developed states, chief
ministers of the northeastern states had complained to
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, a Rajya Sabha MP from
They feared that students from their states would no
longer find minimum proportional representation at the
NIT admissions : HRD Ministry firm on new policy
On June 26 2008 the Ministry of Human
Resource Development (MHRD) finally put its seal on the
new admission policy for the 20 National Institutes of
Technology, with a promise that the states/UTs having no
NIT would be duly compensated for the loss they suffer
by way of reduced seats during implementation of the new
The decision to this effect was taken by the MHRD during
the meeting with secretaries/ commissioners of
different states and Union territories (UTs) held on
June 26 in the chamber of MHRD Secretary R P Agrawal. Mr
N K Sinha, the Joint Secretary looking after the NITs
also attended the meeting.
The meeting was called to address the apprehensions of
some north east states and Goa which do not have an NIT
nor do they have an engineering college of repute.
"This issue was discussed at the meeting where it was
decided that the north eastern and other states,
specially those which do not have an NIT, would be given
special consideration depending on the extent of their
loss due to the introduction of the new system," L Roy,
Commissioner, Department of Education, Meghalaya told
The meeting was necessitated by the June 9 order (OM No.
F-23-12 / 2008 TS III dated June 9, 2008) of the HRD
Ministry according to which 50 per cent seats in the
NITs have been reserved exclusively for the candidates
of home state of that NIT and the rest 50 per cent are
to be filled by the all-India merit list. The admission
to NITs are made on the basis of All India Engineering
Entrance Examination (AIEEE) conducted by Central Board
of Secondary Education (CBSE).
Till 2007, 50 per cent seats in the NITs were filled by
the eligible candidates of the states where the NIT was
located while the remaining 50 per cent seats were
proportionally distributed among the other States and
selection was through State-specific/UT-specific ranks
in the AIEEE.
In the old system there were situations when candidates
with lower marks from some states/UTs got admission to
NITs, whereas other candidates from other state/UTs with
higher marks could not get through. The system was also
prone to be misused by scheming elements.
The chief ministers of 13 states and Union territories
had written to HRD minister Arjun Singh and Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh, calling the policy, unveiled on
June 9, discriminatory against educationally backward
Although the June 26 meeting was called in response to
those letters, the Centre had made up its mind not to
withdraw the policy despite opposition from the states.