University Teachers may have to wait for revised pay

University teachers may have to wait to get their revised pay packet as the government is likely to consult the Election Commission for such a step in view of the announcement of Assembly polls in six States.

Top HRD Ministry sources said the government may seek the EC’s advice before implementing the new pay structure for academics in view of the ‘model code of conduct’ coming into force.

However, the sources made it clear that the government was keen on implementing the Chadha Committee report at the “earliest” with adequate modifications.

The ministry has set up a committee to consider the recommendations of the committee which has suggested over 70 per cent hike in pay scale of varsity teachers.

The committee is also considering the concerns expressed by teachers’ bodies and the modifications done by the UGC.

Meanwhile, the Federation of College and University Teachers Association (FEDCUTA) has decided to hold a march to Parliament on November five to press for their demands.

Nearly 2,000 teachers of 24 central universities across the country last week boycotted classes for two days demanding an early decision on their pay revision and consideration of their demands.

Their demands include restoring the existing four-tier structure — Lecturer, Lecturer in Senior Scale, Reader and Professor — instead of creating seven-tier structure as recommended by the Chadha Committee.

Besides, the teachers are also demanding restoration of professor’s promotion in colleges as an avenue for third promotion.

Source: The Hindu 26-10-08 (PTI news)