New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval for revision of pay scales for about 8 lakh teachers and other equivalent academic staff in higher educational institutions under the purview of the University Grants Commission (UGC) and in Centrally Funded Technical Institutions, following implementation of the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission for Central Government employees.

Here is what it means for university teachers and academic staff:

Objective

The measures proposed in the revised pay structure are expected to improve quality of higher education and also attract and retain talent.

Beneficiaries

The decision will benefit 7.58 lakh teachers and equivalent academic staff in the 106 universities and colleges which are funded by the UGC and the union HRD ministry and also 329 universities which are funded by state governments and 12,912 government and private aided colleges affiliated to state public universities.

The revised pay package will cover teachers of 119 centrally funded technical institutions—IITs, IISc, IIMs, IISERs, IIITs and NITIE.

Quantum of hike

The implementation of the pay revision will enhance the teachers’ pay in the range of 10,400 and 49,800 as against the extant entry pay due to the implementation of the 6th Pay Commission for the pay of teachers. This revision would register an entry pay growth in the range of 22% to 28%.

Implementation

HRD minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters that the approved pay scales would be applicable from 1 January 2016.

Financial outgo

The annual central financial liability on account of this measure would be about 9,800 crore.

State-govt institutions

For state government funded institutions, the revised pay scales will require adoption by the respective state governments. The Centre will bear the additional burden of the states on account of revision of pay scales.

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