Tuesday, December 16, 2008

UGC Pay Hike - Official Press Release.

Revision of Pay-Scales of Teacher under the Purview of the university Grants Commission

STATEMENT BY MOS (HRD) IN THE LOK SABHA

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.” 

10 comments :

prof.goyal said...

Congratulations for accepting the recommondation of pay scale.
but I think its not clear from the text that lectures in selection grade will be continue in that scale till selection as associte professor.
although its accepted by central government but state governments take too much time to implemnt it.
thanks
Ramesh chandra goyal
depaertment of economics
Government PG college
Dausa (Rajasthan)
rcgoeltrf@hotmail.com

Subrahmanyam said...

While it is appreciated that only three cadres will be there,there seems to be a lot of avoidable confusion in respect of 'selection' of Associate Professors.Why not automatic promotion/re-designation as "Associate Professor" rather his/her selection?Moreover the accursed teachers are left again at the mercy of the State Governments. How many will implement it and that too with a paltry assistance of 80% only from the Central Government and that too just for a period of four years and three months instead of an expected and recommended assistance of 10 years.They have also been given permission to implement it at a later date to 01-01-2006.All these are highly disturbing portents.However one should be happy that at long last a long pending demand of creation of Professor posts in the under-graduate colleges has been accepted.Let's hope for the best.What about retirement age?Nothing seems to be clear on this front.

PREM said...

WHAT GOOD NEWS? READERS HAVE STILL BEEN KEPT IN PB-3. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE RECOMMENDATION OF UGC FOR PUTTING READERS AND ASST. PROF IN PB-4? CENTRAL GOVT. OFFICERS WHOSE OLD SCALE ENDS AT 18300 HAVE BEEN PUT IN PB-4 BUT THE UNIVERSITY TEACHERS WHOSE SCALE ALSO ENDS AT 18300 WILL BE IN PB-3!! IS THIS THE RESTORING OF DIGNITY AND PRIDE OF THE TEACHERS?

kunnath said...

NOTHING TO WORRY FOR READERS. POINT NINE MEANS THAT JUST A READER DESIGNATION WILL NOT AUTOMATICALLY CONVERT IT INTO ASSOCIATE PROFESSORSHIP. A READER WITH Ph.D MUST HAVE THERE ATLEAST 3 YEARS STANDING in Reader/SG lecturer (4+5+3/4/5=12/13/14)with M.Phil 13 years and without both 14 years to become Associate Professor.

HELPME said...

Don't worry readers
Wait for three years, yours salary would be 60000+
Good things are
u will now get many allowances which were not getting earlier
coveyance allowance,
medical benefits'
LTC
Academic allownace
Children tution fee
What more
So cheer up
Dr. P. K. Agrawal
BSA College, Mathura

rajegowda said...

what is great about this? look at Mysore University, where in 2007, between april and July 2007, a person Dr. lokanath in physics dept, manasagangotri, has become lecturer, reader and professor all three in just 4 months. is it not a shame to make appointments like that. hell with the higher education system, where as others have taken 25 years to become professor. hello UGC, are you listening. Good luck to five star Univ of Mysore.

Daljeet Sachdeva said...

What about those who are already in the Selection Grade and Pursueing their Phd's at this stage? The new recommendations will be implemented on them?
D Sachdeva, IGNOU

Dhruba said...

What about those who has Ph.D (not at entry level), completed more than 15 years of service but was not put by the state govt.in the selection grade?
Why ??
B'cause selection process was not initiated by the state govt. Left to state Govt. very little can happen.
Don't celebrate-keep your finger crossed.

Nitin said...

UGC Pay Hikes

Congratulations for new scale. The parity of academic staff in Universities is still not clear i.e. Assistant Registrar, Deputy Registrar, COE, Finance Officer and Registrar. It is only mentioned that the scales for them have been cleared by Cabinet but status is not clear.
Dr. Nitin Malik Joint Registrar GGSIPU Delhi

Chairman,AP.ADCLA 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.

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