Saturday, December 20, 2008

Punjab Teacher Association response on UGC Pay Hike

Professor Jaipal Singh, president, Punjab Government College Teachers Association (PGCTA) hailed the Central Government’s decision to implement UGC pay scales for university and college teachers.

He has appreciated the grant of Pay Band-4 to all associate professors, promotion of all assistant professors to associate professors without pre-condition of PhD, both in colleges and universities, and calculating the total service for promotion to the post of associate professors. He also appreciated the grant of five and three increments for PhD/M Phil degree holders and the grant of three and one increment for those pursuing these degrees during service. The creation of professors’ post in both under graduate and post graduate colleges is also a welcome step, he said.

However, he condemned the denial of such benefits to existing PhD/MPhil incumbents. Also, against the recommendation of Chadha Committee, to give 100 per cent grant to the states, for uniform implementation of this pay package, the Government has agreed to give only 80 per cent assistance for 4 years and 3 months, instead of 5 years.

He has 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. Otherwise the part-timers kept on such posts be also given full pay and allowances.

He termed the decision as a mixed bag containing both positive and negative features. He, along with other office-bearers of PGCTA, Prof Kuldip Singh, Prof Harbans Singh, Prof Paramjit Kaur and Dr Rakesh Kumar urged the Punjab government to implement UGC pay scales as soon as the notification is received. The Punjab government has already discriminated against the university and college teachers by denying the 5 per cent interim relief, which is a part of pay revision.

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