Government okays pay hike for college teachers

The Government on 16-12-08, announced the implementation of the much awaited pay revision for more than five lakh teachers in the universities and colleges across the country.

Union Minister for Human Resource Development Arjun Singh said that all the recommendations of the Chadha committee have been accepted and they would be implemented with effect from January 1, 2006.

The UGC pay review committee headed by Prof G K Chadha had recommended 70 percent hike in pay and other emoluments for teachers in the universities and colleges.

The pay hike package would also be valid for state-run colleges and universities recognised by the UGC.

While the revision of pay will take effect from January 1, 2006, the allowances (except DA) and advance increments shall take effect from September 1, 2008.

Making a statement in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for HRD Purandeswari said “We have begun a process of restoring the dignity and pride in being associated with the teaching profession.’’ According to the revised pay scales approved by the government, there shall be only three designations in respect of teachers in universities and colleges, namely, Assistant Professors, Associate Professors and Professors.

In place of “Grade Pay” as applicable to Central Government employees, the term “Academic Grade Pay” (AGP) shall be used for the teachers and equivalent positions.

Different Grade Pays of Rs 6,000, Rs 7,000, Rs 8,000, Rs 9,000, Rs 10,00 and Rs 12,000 have been approved as AGP for teachers and equivalent positions.

Higher Academic Grade Pay of Rs 6,000 has been recommended for all Assistant Professors at the entry level so as to make it more attractive compared to the entry level Grade Pay for the Civil Services and other professionals under the sixth Central Pay Commission.

Under the revised scheme, Assistant Professors have been placed in the Pay Band of Rs 15,600-39,100 entering at the AGP of Rs 6,000. A teacher with a PhD degree can move from the post of Assistant Professor to Associate Professor after completion of 12 years of service as Assistant Professor, spending four years at the AGP of Rs 6,000, five years at the AGP of Rs 7,000 and three years at the AGP of Rs 8,000.

Teachers with M.Phil and those with a postgraduate degree in a professional course entering as Assistant Professors can become Associate Professor after 13 years of service. The Associate Professors have been placed in the Pay Band of Rs 37,400- 67,000 with Grade Pay of Rs 9,000.

Source : The Indian Express (17-12-08)