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Cabinet clears pay hike for 7.5 lakh teachers in universities, colleges

Thursday, 12 October 2017 14:04
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Dimapur, October 11: The higher education teaching community across the country including in Nagaland's universities and state-funded institutions will heave a sigh of relief as they are set to receive benefits of the Seventh Pay Commission.

Union Human Resource and Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday announced that 7.51 lakh teachers in universities will receive benefits of Seventh Pay Commission. There are also benefits to state government-funded institutions, with the state government's nod. This was sanctioned by a union cabinet decision today.

Javadekar said that assistant and associate professors of 329 state universities and 12912 colleges will get salary hike in line with 7th Pay Commission from January 1 of 2016. "It was long awaited," said Rosemary Dzuvichu, head of department of English at Nagaland University. The university alone has 195 permanent teaching staff and 599 non-teaching staff (as per 2015-16 figures), besides teachers at state government-funded institutions.

The Cabinet approved 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. 

In addition, the revised pay package will cover teachers of 119 Centrally Funded Technical Institutions viz. IITs, IISc, IIMs, IISERs, IIITs, NITIE. etc.

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

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

"For the State Government funded institutions, the revised pay scales will require adoption by the respective State Governments. The Central Government will bear the additional burden of the States on account of revision of pay scales," a government release said.

Javadekar stressed that efforts should be made to attract talent into academics.

The 5-member University Grants Commission (UGC) pay review committee, headed by it member VS Chauhan, which was formed in 2016, had in February recommended a 20 percent pay hike for university and college teachers.

Earlier, the All India Federation of University and College Teachers' Association (AIFUCTO), an umbrella body of teachers' associations of various universities, had written to the HRD Ministry, threatening a nationwide agitation if their demands were not met. 

(Page News Service)


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