Government nudges IIT Delhi to settle dispute with Subramanian Swamy

April 10:A 45-year dispute between IIT-Delhi and its former faculty member Subramanian Swamy, now a BJP leader, over salary dues seems to be headed for an out-of-court settlement after the government's intervention last week.
Reversing the position taken under the UPA-II government, the Human Resource Development Ministry is learnt to have written to IIT-Delhi, clarifying that Swamy's case does not fall under Fundamental Rule 54 or FR 54 of the Union government.
IIT-Delhi had taken the stand that payment of salary arrears - from December 11, 1972, to March 31, 1991 - would only be as per FR 54, under which the institute would have to pay the difference between Swamy's dues and his earnings from Harvard University, where he had taught for some time during the same period. IIT-Delhi's position was upheld by the HRD Ministry in 2010 when Kapil Sibal was Minister.
The recent change in government's stance was said to be on the ground that FR 54, repeatedly being cited by IIT-Delhi, was only adopted by the institute's Board of Governors (BoG) in 1992 and, therefore, could not be applied retrospectively to Swamy's case.
IIT-Delhi received the government's communication last week. The matter will now be discussed at the next meeting of the BoG, the highest decision-making body of the institute. On Monday, institute director V Ramgopal Rao declined comment on the issue. Swamy, in the past, has claimed that the institute owes him close to Rs 70 lakh in arrears. The latest development comes in the wake of Swamy reaching out to the Ministry late last year. His dispute with IIT-Delhi over salary dues has been in courts for over two decades. Swamy joined IIT-Delhi as a teacher in 1971. Agencies
Source: Agencies



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