Chadha panel recommends massive pay hike for teachers

Chadha panel recommends massive pay hike for teachers

New Delhi: A 75% hike in existing salaries across the board, uniform retirement age of 65, opportunities for re-employment up to 70 years, flexibility to accommodate talent through incentives, and one-time grants for research for teachers in central, state and deemed universities — these sweeping recommendations in the report of GK Chadha pay review panel for college and university teachers were announced on Friday.

The recommendations, being seen as a quantum jump for teachers in terms of pay and working conditions and to be submitted to the Union ministry of human resource development soon, is also going to be strict on non-performing teachers who would be assessed by a selection committee and students every year. The appraisal report would be used as a reference at the time of promotions. For greater involvement, teachers would be required to spend at least 5 hours per day for five days a week in college/university.

The panel also proposed creation of two posts — senior associate professor and professor eminence — to broaden the avenues of growth for the teachers.

The committee submitted its report before the University Grants Commission.

The committee, headed by G K Chadha, former vice-chancellor of JNU and CEO of South Asian University, factored in recommendations of sixth pay panel while finalising the report. If accepted, the committee wants its report to be implemented from 1 January, 2006.

At the entry level, the recommendations lay out a red carpet for talented young people hoping to get into the teaching profession. Loosely translated, it includes advance increment, research grants upto 5lakh and facilities for house and research.

The panel has also proposed new nomenclature for various teaching posts and 3% annual increments over the basic salary with compounding effect and 4% of the basic salary for 2 years for a select few on the basis of better teaching and research performance. Fresh appraisals are to be made after two years, the proposals note. The panel also recommends advance increments for people with higher qualifications who join the teaching profession. Moreover, a selection committee may recommend up to seven instead of present five advance increments to an incumbent with higher merit, better publications and more experience etc.

To address issues of stagnation, the recommendations make way for an incumbent to move to the next pay band without any change in the grade pay after reaching the top of the scale in the existing pay band.

To boost research and consultancy projects, the panel also encourages teachers in universities and colleges to accept consultancy, directing projects, registering patents, R&D products and technology transfers. Upto resources earned constitute 30% of the teachers, they needn’t be shared with the institute, the proposals say.

The panel proposes National Entrance Test as the qualifying exam for teaching posts with an exception for PhD holders. Positions of professors should be sanctioned for direct recruitment in colleges for disciplines which have post graduate teaching, the recommendations say.

For states that fail to implement the recommendations, the panel has also recommended penalty.