HERE IS some good news for those college and university teachers who have been eagerly waiting for the University Grant Commission (UGC) letter on the implementation of the revised pay scales in line with the notification of the Ministry of Human Resources Development (HRD). UGC chairman and secretary, Prof Sukhdev Thorat has assured a 10-member delegation of the All India Federation of University and College Teachers’ Association (AIFUCTO) that a communication concerning the HRD notification, along with the fixation formula for implementation of the new pay scales would be sent within a couple of days to the Vice-Chancellors of universities and all state governments. Apart from this, the draft UGC regulations would be finalised after due consultation with the teachers’ association.Giving this information, the President of the MDU Teachers’ Association and one of the members of the delegation, Dr Wazir Nehra, said the delegation had met the UGC Chairman to seek the issue of the said communication at the earliest.
“The UGC Chairman also talked with the Secretary of the Union Finance Ministry on the issue of the state government’s share in the grant and the secretary showed a positive response regarding the 100 per cent grant for the uniform implementation of pay scales for college and university teachers throughout India”, Nehra said, adding that the Finance Ministry had also approved the sanction of new posts and made budgetary provision for state universities. The HRD ministry had sent a communication to UGC and all state governments on December 31, 2008 concerning the implementation of the revised pay scales in respect of teachers and equivalent cadres in universities and colleges in line with the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission. Despite this fact, most state governments had not acted so far on the communication. According to the HRD notification, all Reader/Selection Grade teachers who had completed three years of service in the scale of Rs 12,000-Rs 18300 would be designated as Associate Professors automatically. Besides, DPE’s would be designated as Associate Professors on the same pattern.Nehra said the delegation later met the Haryana Chief Minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda and submitted a memorandum demanding early implementation of pay scales in line with the HRD notification. The Chief Minister assured that the new pay scales for college and university teachers would be implemented soon, in line with the notification.
The ball is in the court of state government
The ball is in the court of state governments regarding implementation of revised pay scales for state universities and colleges. State government administration is looking towards clear-cut directions from UGC. State university and college teachers are highly perturbed over delay of the implementation of revised pay scales . They have expressed deep anguish about the injustice done by UGC. Yet, there is hardly any indication to believe that state administration is doing something about their due. The reason is considered to be a MHRD directive. Central ministry has issued directions to UGC about new pay scales of state universities and colleges teachers . It is claimed that notice has been sent to the state government, which is available at the web site of MHRD also. In which way central assistance for implementation can be received by the state, it is mentioned over there. As result of this responsibility of pay fixation and implementation is on the state administration. UGC teachers of the state are putting their pressure on the government to release revised pay order based on the information given on the web site. Federation of Government College Teachers Association (FUGTA) is in touch with Chief Minister's office. However, higher education administration has expressed no visible activity in this regard. Sources in Directorate of Higher Education have revealed that they want clear-cut directions from UGC to go ahead in this regard.
40% arrears to Allahabad University& Constituent College Teachers
This year's Holi would be sweeter for around 800 teachers of the Allahabad University and its constituent colleges as the authorities of the varsity have released an order regarding disbursement of 40 per cent of their Sixth Pay Commission arrears."The orders have been signed on February 21 and the amount of arrears would be transferred to respective accounts in the first week of March," said JN Mishra, officiating finance officer, AU. "The new pay scales, recommended by the Sixth Pay Commission, are effective from January 1, 2006," he added.Besides, giving the arrears, the varsity authorities have also issued orders sanctioning payment of two increments to constituent college teachers who have a PhD. The orders meet a longstanding demand of the college teachers as their university counterparts were already getting the increments.The pay revision order paves way for all AU professors, including the vice-chancellor, getting Rs 2.5 lakh, all readers, both of the varsity and the colleges, getting Rs 1.5 lakh and all lecturers getting Rs 1 lakh as arrears. The university plans to disburse the remaining (60 per cent) amount once it gets the all-clear from the University Grants Commission (UGC). The varsity is set to bear a burden of about Rs 15 cr disbursing the said amount.The order, issued by the varsity registrar Firdaus A Wani, has been sent to all heads of departments, directors of institutes and principals of the constituent colleges. The disbursement is on an ad-hoc basis as it would be disbursed only after taking an undertaking from all beneficiaries that in case of any variation, teachers would have to payback the amount of variation.Now, with the said two orders meeting out the two major demands of the nine-point charter of demands forwarded by the Allahabad University and Constituent Colleges' Teachers' Association (AUCCTA), it would be interesting to see its implications on the massive dharna scheduled to be staged at the AU North Hall on February 28.
Lucknow University Associated College Teachers (LUACTA) on Friday warned the state government of serious consequences, if it delayed the implementation of Chaddha Commission report. The state accounts show that a budgetary provision of around Rs 1.50 crore has been made for salary hike of the higher education teachers but the file related to it is gathering dust in the higher education department. Significantly, 80% of the funds for salary increase will be given by the UGC. "We will teach ruling party a lesson in Lok Sabha elections, if proposals are further delayed," said LUACTA president Moulindu Mishra. Meanwhile, a section of teachers in the Lucknow University boycotted work to protest against the performance based promotion system recommended by UGC. On the other hand, UGC issued a clarification saying that the Central government has released grant for payment of 40% of arrears as per the recommendations made by Sixth Central Pay Commission. The UGC is in the process of releasing the grant to the universities and colleges. The UGC has clarified about various pay scales teachers would be getting after pay revision.