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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Revision of Pay-Scales of Teacher under the Purview of the university Grants CommissionSTATEMENT BY MOS (HRD) IN THE LOK SABHA

19:18 IST
Following is the text of the statement made by Smt. D. Purandeswari, Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development, regarding Revision of Pay Scales of Teachers in Universities and Colleges, in Lok Sabha today : “Sir, this august House has expressed its concern, from time to time, for the need to strengthen the quality of higher education in the country. One of the critical factors affecting the quality of universities and institutions imparting higher education, is our inability to attract and retain young and talented persons to the teaching profession, leading over a period of time to shortage of teachers in central as well as state universities and other higher educational institutions. It is estimated that in Central Universities and constituent colleges thereof, approximately twenty-five percent of posts of teachers are lying vacant. Vacancies in teaching posts in State level institutions are known to be even higher. As a sequel to the 6th Central Pay Commission, the University Grants Commission (UGC) had constituted a Pay Review Committee under the Chairmanship of Prof. G.K.Chadha, Member, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister on 6th September, 2007 for recommending, among other things, the ways and means of attracting and retaining talented persons in the teaching profession and furtherance of research in the University system. The Committee submitted its report to the University Grants Commission on 3rd October, 2008 and the UGC furnished its recommendations on 10th October, 2008. An Empowered Committee was constituted on 10th October, 2008 and based on its recommendations, the proposals formulated by the Ministry were considered by a Committee of Secretaries in its meeting held on 5th December, 2008. I am happy to inform the House that Ministry’s proposals have since been approved by the Cabinet on 15th December, 2008. I also take this opportunity to share the important features of the revised pay scales and service conditions for teachers in Universities and Colleges as approved by the Government: (i) There shall be only three designations in respect of teachers in universities and colleges, namely, Assistant Professors, Associate Professors and Professors. (ii) No one shall be eligible to be appointed, promoted or designated as Professor, unless he or she possesses a Ph.D. and satisfies other academic conditions, as laid down by the University Grants Commission (UGC). This shall, however, not affect those who are already designated as ‘Professor’. (iii) 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. 6000, Rs.7000, Rs. 8000, Rs.9000, Rs.10000 and Rs.12000 have been approved as AGP for teachers and equivalent positions. (iv) Higher Academic Grade Pay of Rs. 6000 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 6th Central Pay Commission. (v) Five non-compoundable advance increments shall be given (as against 4 at present) at entry as Assistant Professor for the degree of Ph.D. obtained in the relevant discipline and if the same is from a university complying with the process prescribed by the UGC in respect of enrolment, course-work and evaluation of the degree of Ph.D. At entry level, teachers possessing M.Phil or post graduate degrees such as M.Tech/LL.M etc., in the relevant professional courses as approved by the relevant statutory councils shall be given 2 non-compounded advance increments. Those who acquire these degrees in the relevant discipline while being in service shall be allowed three non-compounded advance increments for Ph.Ds and one increment for M.Phil or post graduate degree acquired in the relevant professional course such as M.Tech/ LL.M. etc. (vi) For the first time ever, posts of Professors shall be introduced in both under-graduate and post-graduate colleges. The number of posts of Professors in UG Colleges shall be 10 percent of the number of posts of Associate Professors. There shall be as many posts of Professors in PG Colleges as the number of Departments. (vii) 10% of the posts of Professors in universities shall be in higher Academic Grade Pay of Rs. 12000 with prescribed eligibility conditions. (viii) NET shall be compulsory for appointment at the entry level of Assistant Professor, subject to the exemptions to Ph.Ds in respect of those persons obtaining the award through a registration, course-work and evaluation process, as have been/ or may be laid down by the UGC through its regulations, and so adopted by the University. NET shall not be required for such Masters’ programmes for which NET is not available. (ix) Those who are presently working as Lecturer (Selection Grade) or Reader shall continue to be so designated till they are selected for the post of Associate Professor. (x) Parity between teachers and the Librarians/Directors of Physical Education shall be maintained, except for the age of superannuation, which for Librarians/Physical Education personnel shall continue to be 62 years. (xi) Though the posts of Registrars, Finance Officer, Controller of Examinations, Deputy Registrars and their equivalent posts were not within the purview of the Pay Review Committee of UGC, their pay scales have also been decided by the Cabinet. (xii) According to the past practice, financial assistance will be provided by the Central Government to the State Governments which may opt for these revised pay scales, to the extent of 80% of the additional expenditure involved in the implementation of the revision for the duration from 1.1.2006 to 31.3.2010, subject to the condition that the entire pay revision/ pay scales package scheme, together with all the conditions laid down in this regard by the UGC by way of Regulations, and other reform measures are implemented by the State Governments as a composite scheme. However, the State Governments shall be free to implement revised scales of pay from a date later than 1.1.2006 and also to prescribe higher scales of pay, depending on their local conditions. However, the Central Assistance shall be limited to the UGC scales of pay and only for the period ending on 31.3.2010. (xiii) While the revision of pay will take effect from 1.1.2006, the allowances (except DA) and advance increments etc. shall take effect from 1.9.2008. (xiv) All prescribed requirements of Selection other than those mentioned above shall continue to be applicable. Under the revised Scheme, Assistant Professors have been placed in the Pay Band of Rs. 15600-39100 entering at the AGP of Rs. 6000. A teacher with a Ph.D.degree can move from the post of Assistant Professor to Associate Professor after completion of 12 years of service as Assistant Professor, spending 4 years at the AGP of Rs. 6000, 5 years at the AGP of Rs. 7000 and 3 years at the AGP of Rs. 8000. Teachers with M.Phil and those with a post graduate degree in a professional course entering as Assistant Professors can become Associate Professor after 13 years of service. Those with neither Ph.D. nor M.Phil. etc. shall qualify to become Associate Professor after 14 years of service as Assistant Professor. The Associate Professors have been placed in the Pay Band of Rs. 37,400-67,000 with Grade Pay of Rs. 9,000. While, under the existing scheme, teachers without Ph.D. could rise up to the post of Lecturer (Selection Grade), they can now go up to the level of Associate Professor, based on the prescribed selection process. As against a period of 17 years for a teacher possessing Ph.D. at the entry level to be eligible to become Professor through selection, the present decision of the Government would enable them to be selected as Professor after 15 years. A teacher with 10 years as Professor would be eligible to be considered against 10 percent of the posts in the higher Academic Grade Pay of Rs. 12000. Sir, we have begun a process of restoring the dignity and pride in being associated with the teaching profession. This decision to improve pay and other emoluments and to provide more attractive service conditions to the teachers is only one of the several steps required to attain the broader objective of improving the quality of higher education. This august House would, I hope, agree that this is a significant step towards that goal. I place on record my gratitude for permitting me to make this statement amidst important business before the House.”

14 comments:

Rakesh said...

Thanks a lot, Dr. Mukti for the timely and credible updates on UGC pay report. It was indeed a good experience throughout, when speculations were round the corner on other blog. Thanks once again.
--Rakesh K Sharma, Shimla

SUDESH said...

Thanks to Min. of HRD and Govt. of India. for maintaining parity in revised pay scales to Librarians with teachers.

s.k.sood President,Himachal Pradesh Librarians Association.Solan.

manoharan said...

details about the retirement age og teachers in the affiliated colleges is not at all given in the statement in lokhsabha
Manoharan T N
Trivandrum

Sarath Babu Balijepalli said...

It is a welcome development for the teaching community though a slightly delayed decision.
However it will not go down well with professors fraternity as their grade pay of Rs 11000 is brought down by the government to Rs 10000. This is quite unjustified and insulting because government only intervened in all other cases like associate professors and the central staff to make improvements in annual increment, upgradation of pay bands and grade pay over the pay panel recommendations. Restoration of original recommendation of Rs 11000 will certainly raise the morale of senior most cadre in the teaching community. Also the staff at the associate professor cadre will not see the professorship as very important for them to achieve during the career and will not enthuse them to strive hard with the present grade pay difference of only Rs 1000.

Bimal Chandra said...

1.Why is the advance increment made efective from 1.9.2008? In case of other Central Govt. employees it is efective from 1.1.2006. So the govt. has taken away from the poor Lecturer Rs. 1260/- advance incremententry basic salary from the Lecturer and paid him Rs.400/-more vis-a-vis other Class 1 Central Govt. Officers(6000 VS 5600). It is a net Basic Pay Loss of more than Rs.860/- to Lecturers who joined between 1 Jan 2006 to 1 September 2008.Why this injustice. Govt should stop lying that they have given more to Academics in comparison to Lecturers.

2. If the teahers take 12/13/14 years to be elligible for Associate professorship and just another year or 2 to be elligible for Professorship, the Post of Associate Professorship is redundant. Placing the Associate Professor in the Band 4 hence does not matter much. In fact, Professors were already in Band 4 and the period that is prescribed now for teahers to be eligible to apply for Associate Professors is same as what was ealier prescribed for Professors?

How beautifully the wisest of the intellectuals have been befooled. God save Indian Education.

Bimal Chandra said...

1.Why is the advance increment made efective from 1.9.2008? In case of other Central Govt. employees it is efective from 1.1.2006. So the govt. has taken away from the poor Lecturer Rs. 1260/- advance incremententry basic salary from the Lecturer and paid him Rs.400/-more vis-a-vis other Class 1 Central Govt. Officers(6000 VS 5600). It is a net Basic Pay Loss of more than Rs.860/- to Lecturers who joined between 1 Jan 2006 to 1 September 2008.Why this injustice. Govt should stop lying that they have given more to Academics in comparison to Lecturers.

2. If the teahers take 12/13/14 years to be elligible for Associate professorship and just another year or 2 to be elligible for Professorship, the Post of Associate Professorship is redundant. Placing the Associate Professor in the Band 4 hence does not matter much. In fact, Professors were already in Band 4 and the period that is prescribed now for teahers to be eligible to apply for Associate Professors is same as what was ealier prescribed for Professors?

How beautifully the wisest of the intellectuals have been befooled. God save Indian Education.

mahendra said...

Thans a lot for timely information about ugc scales remendation.
Dr. M.S. Chauhan Govt. Degree College Tanakpur (Champawat)

mahendra said...

Thans a lot for timely information about ugc scales remendation.
Dr. M.S. Chauhan Govt. Degree College Tanakpur (Champawat)

Duraiarasan துரையரசன் said...
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Duraiarasan துரையரசன் said...

The govt. decision to be appreciates. Pay revision is much necessary to keep the talent person in the teaching field. These announcements will take the Indian education to the higher path.

Prakash said...

Can any one elaborate what is the scale for Rs.10,000/-; 12,000/; 16,400/-

Dr.N.P.Rao said...

A.P. Aided Degree College Lecturer’s Association [AP.ADCLA] response on UGC Pay Hike
Dr.N.V.Poornachandra Rao, Chairman, M.Yadagiri, General Secretary, A.P. Aided degree college lecturer’s association [AP.ADCLA] hailed the Central Government’s decision to implement UGC pay scales for university and college teachers.

Chairman has appreciated the grant of Pay Band-4 to all associate professors, promotion of all assistant professors to associate professors without pre-condition of Ph.D, both in colleges and universities and calculating the total service for promotion to the post of associate professors. And also welcome the step of creation of professor post in both under graduate and post graduate colleges.
The chairman and general secretary appreciated the grant of five and three increments for Ph.D/M.Phil degree holders and the grant of three and one increment for those pursuing these degrees during service. However, they condemned the denial of such benefits to existing Ph.D/ M.Phil incumbents.

They expressed unhappy about the Government decision to give only 80% assistance for 51 months, instead of 5 years, against the recommendation of Chadha Committee, to give 100 per cent grant to the states for first 5 years and 50% for next 5years, for uniform implementation of this pay package. This is likely to make State Governments to think twice before they embark upon revising pay scales for college/University teachers in the respective States.

In the 6th pay report, Lecturer (Selection Grade) or Reader shall continue to be so designated till they are selected for the post of Associate Professor. Chairman and general secretary said that in the existing grades, Reader and lecturer (Selection Grade) are not same. They are same in respect of salary but Reader is in the higher cader and SGL is in the lecturer cadre. Reader is one with Ph.D and got selected through a selection committee to the post of Reader where as Lecturer (Selection grade) is one without Ph.D and got selected through a selection committee to the post of Lecturer (Selection grade). This is an irreparable loss to the existing Readers.


They point out that,
While the revision of pay will take effect from 1.1.2006, the allowances (except DA) and advance increments etc. shall take effect from 1.9.2008. This will damage the spirit of teachers who have hard-earned their research degrees.

The Librarians/Directors of Physical Education personnel (who have also been recognized as teachers) shall continue to be 62 years even though teachers continue to 65 years.

They also demanded that allowances such as transport allowance, academic allowance, children education allowance etc. be notified and the states be asked to fill all vacant posts.

They termed the decision as a mixed bag containing both positive and negative features. They along with other office-bearers of AP.ADCLA urged the Andhra Pradesh government to implement UGC pay scales as soon as the notification is received.

Tarun Kanti said...

The minister's parliament statement is a departure from the recommendations of Chadha Committee. The Central govt declines to pay the cent percent of the additional amount to the states - which may act as a plea to the latter for not implementing the new scales. Also it is not clear why the Readers & SGLs have to again try for becoming Associate Professor - which is derogatory for them. >> All Bengal University Teachers' Association.

AP.ADCLA said...

MHRD Notifications: Sixth Central Pay Commission for Teachers in
Universities and Colleges

AP.Aided degree college lecturer's association [AP.ADCLA] has hailed the release of notification (No.1-32/2006-U.II/U.I(!) dated 31st December, 2008) from Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource of Development, Government of India.

The chairman and general secretary has appreciated the grant of Associate Professors in Pay Band of Rs.37400 – 67000 with AGP of Rs. 9000 to all the incumbent Readers and Lecturers (Selection Grade) who have completed 3 years in the current pay scale of Rs.12000 –18300. And also welcome the step of creation of professor post in both under graduate and post graduate colleges.

They appreciated the grant of five and two advance increments for Ph.D/M.Phil degree holders and the grant of three advance increments for those pursuing Ph.D degrees during service. And also the age of superannuation for teachers engaged in class room teaching has been enhanced to 65 years.

They expressed unhappy about the Government decision to give only 80% assistance for 51 months, instead of 5 years, against the recommendation of Chadha Committee, to give 100 per cent grant to the states for first 5 years and 50% for next 5years, for uniform implementation of this pay package.

They termed the decision as a mixed bag containing both positive and negative features.
http://apadcla.blogspot.com