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IIT Faculty to go on hunger strike

In an unprecedented move, faculty at multiple IITs are going on hunger strike, but apparently classes will continue on schedule:

In a rare protest action, around 1,500 faculty members including professors at the coveted IITs across the country will go on a hunger strike on Thursday agitated over “anomalies” in pay structure but there will be no disruption in classes.

The decision putting the Faculty on a collision course with the Government was taken at a meeting of its Federation at IIT Kharagpur. The structure put restriction on promotions and lacked performance-based incentives, the Federation said.

The IIT Faculty Federation assured that classes at the 13 IITs will, however, not be affected during the strike. In all there are 800 professors in the IITs.

This excerpt quoted from this Hindustan Times article.

Posted by: Joyjit Nath @ Sep 21, 2009, 8:11 am PDT    Filed under: Media    3 Comments »

SF Bay Area “Diwali Dhamaka”, Sat Oct 3

After the KGP Picnic, it is time to celebrate Diwali in a grand way. The registration website for Diwali Dhmaka 2009 is now up and running. Please register ASAP, since the “Early Bird” registration price of $15 adults and
$12 for children below 12 yrs is ending soon.

The Diwali Dhamaka team proudly presents the choreographer of the dances in Dhoom 2, and the upcoming Amitabh Bachchan starrer Teen PattiMs. Shaira Bhan and her troupe from Dance Identity

Boxed dinner included in the registration price.

What: Diwali Dhamaka

When: Saturday October 3 2009

Where: Heritage Theatre, 1 W. Campbell Avenue, Campbell, CA, 95008

Register: http://tickets.indolink.com/php/buyTickets.php?event=2140
Hurry, Early Bird discount ends after September 18th

Posted by: Joyjit Nath @ Sep 18, 2009, 10:20 am PDT    Filed under: Events, Alumni    1 Comment »