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Funding scheme extended to new IITs, IIMs

Thursday 16 June 2005

Special Correspondent

Greater autonomy for the institutions covered under the scheme

The block grant scheme of funding for new IITs at Guwahati and Roorkee Institutions to be encouraged to generate more internal resources and promote innovation Pattern of funding applicable for five years from the current financial year

NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet on Thursday decided to extend the block grant scheme of funding to the two new IITs at Guwahati and Roorkee, and the three new IIMs at Lucknow, Indore and Calicut, besides the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, the National Institutes of Technical Teachers Training and Research at Chennai, Chandigarh, Kolkatta and Bhopal, the National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai, and the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad.

The scheme is now applicable to only the five IITs at Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Kanpur and Kharagpur, the three IIMs at Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Kolkatta and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

The scheme has also been modified to provide greater financial and functional autonomy to the institutions covered under it and to encourage them to generate more internal resources and promote innovation.

In addition, the Cabinet decided to confer power on institutes that were not dependent on non-plan budgetary support to create academic posts and make appointments to them on a contractual basis for fixed but renewable tenures with a view to improving their standards of education and research.

The scheme would be operated with a stipulation that the level of corpus may be allowed up to Rs. 100 crores in the case of IITs and IISc and Rs. 50 crores in respect of the other institutions. The pattern of funding will be applicable for five years from the current financial year.

The Cabinet also approved a cadre restructure of the Central Secretariat Stenographers Service, which would involve upgradation of 372 posts of Steno Grade C to Steno Grade A and B (Merged), and 502 posts of Steno Grade D to Steno Grade C and abolition of 162 posts of Steno Grade D.

Under the new arrangement, there will be no direct recruitment for Steno Grade C and appointments to the post would be made by way of 50 per cent through limited departmental competitive examination (LDCE) for Steno Grade D and 50 per cent by promotion through seniority. For recruitments to the post of Steno Grade A and B (Merged), the appointments would be by way of two-thirds through seniority and one-third through LDCE. An element of computer literacy would be introduced in the LDCE for promotions to both Steno Grade C and Steno Grade A and B (Merged).

The new scheme provides for raising the educational qualification for direct recruitment to Steno Grade D to 12th standard and introduction of an element of computer literacy; discontinuance of the scheme of in situ upgradations and lateral entry of CSSS officers into CSS at the level of Under Secretary of CSS; raise in the level of stenographic entitlement of Director/ Deputy Secretary to that of Private Secretary and Under Secretary to that of Personal Assistant; and creation of 10 posts of Senior PPS and 18 posts of PPS.

As a result of the restructure, the total strength of the service would go down from 6,563 to 6,401 with a reduction in the number of Steno Grade D from 2,622 to 1,958 and Steno Grade C from 2,663 to 1,793. The number of Steno Grade A and B (Merged) would, however, increase from 1,278 to 1,650.

Second Oceansat satellite

The Cabinet also approved the design and development of the second Oceansat remote sensing satellite at an estimated cost of Rs. 129 crores as the life of the first one, which was launched in 1997, is coming to an end. The second satellite would have improved technologies and would cover many applications pertaining to ocean and meteorology including coastal zone mapping and gathering of data for weather forecasting and cyclone monitoring and prediction.

Further, the Cabinet approved the upgradation of the post of Coal Mines Provident Fund Commissioner and gave its nod for signing of the Convention for the avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income on capital with Portugal and Serbia and Montenegro.

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