Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Kerala College teachers likely to get revised payscale soon.

If everything goes according to plan, college teachers in the State would get a pay hike of two to three times their present salary.Sources said that the Finance and Higher Education Departments are in the final leg of discussions regarding the recommendations submitted by the pay review committee of University Grants Commission (UGC) on revised pay and allowances for academic staff in colleges.The UGC pay panel has recommended the renaming of the post of lecturer as assistant professor. Other proposals include are the creation of new posts such as senior professor and professor eminence in universities.Education Minister M.A. Baby told `Express’ that the State Government had in principle agreed to implement the revised UGC pay-scale. However, there is need for more discussions to remove certain intricaciesregarding its implementation. The discussions to sort out the intricacies are on, he said. The Central Government will provide 100 percent assistance for the additional expenditure for five years to implement the recommendations.Additional assistance to the extent of 50 percent will be provided for the next five years to only those States which implement the recommendations successfully in toto. The UGC will review the implementation in the fifth year for the additional assistance. All recommendations have to be implemented in toto as a package with effect from January 1, 2006. However, various allowances except DA will be admissible with effect from September 1, 2008.The committee had also recommended multi-source assessment of teachers including self-assessment, assessment by students who have been taught a course by the teacher and assessment by academic heads. UGC should evolve parameters relevant to universities and colleges respectively for carrying out such evaluations throughout the country in a uniform manner.As per the recommendation, ateacher should spend at least five hours everyday for five days a week in the institution for teaching, holding tutorials, guiding research or carrying out co-curricular activities. The committee also recommended leave travel concession for travelling three times in a four-year block, not exceeding once in a year. LTC will be allowed to any place in India once in a block of four years. That is a totalof four LTC in a block of four years, but not exceeding one in any oneyear.The committee proposed that teachers in universities and collegesshould be encouraged to undertake consultancy, directing projects, registeringpatents, research and development projects and technology transfers. If the amount received from consultancy work goes beyond 30 percent of the gross salary, it will be split in the 70:30 ratio between teacher and the institution. PRESENT AND PROPOSED PAYSCALE FOR UNIVERSITY TEACHERS(In the order of present and proposed pay scale) Assistant Professor (presently lecturer): existing Rs 8000-275-13500, new pay band Rs 15600-39100, grade pay Rs 6600 Assistant Professor (senior scale) (presently lecturer senior scale): existing Rs 10000-325-15200, new pay band Rs 15600-39100, grade pay Rs 7200 Assistant Professor (selection scale)/Associate Professor (Presently Lecturer selection grade): existing Rs 12000-420-18300, new payband Rs 15600-39100, grade pay Rs 8000 Professor: existing Rs 16400-450-20900-500-22400, new pay band Rs 37400-67000, grade pay Rs 11000Senior Professor (new post): Rs 37400-67000, grade pay Rs 12000 Pro-Vice-Chancellor: existing Rs 18400-500-22400, new pay band Rs 37400-67000 plus four advanced increments, grade pay Rs 12000. Professor Eminence(new post): Rs 80,000 (fixed) Vice-Chancellor: Rs 25000 (fixed) new pay band Rs 80000 (fixed). PRESENT AND PROPOSED PAYSCALEFOR COLLEGE TEACHERS (In the order of present and proposed pay scale)Assistant Professor (presently lecturer): existing Rs 8000-275-13500, new pay band Rs 15600-39100, grade pay Rs 6600 Assistant Professor (senior scale)(Presently lecturer senior scale): existing Rs 10000-325-15200, new payband Rs 15600-39100, grade pay Rs 7200 Assistant Professor (selection scale)/Associate professor (Presently Lecturer selection grade): existingRs 12000-420-18300, new pay band Rs 15600-39100, grade pay Rs 8000Senior Associate Professor (new post proposed): Rs 37400-67000, Gradepay-Rs 8700 Professor in PG colleges (new post proposed): Rs 37400-67000, grade pay Rs 11000 Principal of UG college: Rs 12000-18300, new pay band Rs 37400-67000 plus two advanced increments, grade pay Rs 8700 Principal of PG college: Rs 16400-50-20900-500-22400, new pay band Rs 37400-67000 plus two advanced increments, grade pay Rs 11000.

Source Expressbuzz.

(By mistake the report was published in relation to Tamilnadu earlier. Thanks to our viewer for pointng this silly error. We are are grateful to him. We do apologize the mistake.)

4 comments:

கவிதை(கள்) said...

IT is not Tamilnadu & it is Kerala correct the mistake.

Karan said...

Dear Sir/Madam

Following grievances are submitted for your kind perusal:

Query1. Why is this discrimination of eligibility for becoming Librarian/Director, PE amongst the library and physical education personnel?


As reproduced below from “UGC REGULATIONSS ON MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR APPOINTMENT OF TEACHERS AND OTHER ACADEMIC STAFF IN UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES AND MEASURES FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF STANDARDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION” dated 23.9.2009:

13.9. REVIEW:

The performance of a re-employed teacher shall be reviewed periodically, by the University/College. If the performance is found unsatisfactory, his/her services may be terminated by the appointing authority by giving one month notice. Whereas the enhancement of the age of superannuation for teachers engaged in class room teaching is intended to attract eligible persons to a career in teaching and to meet the shortage of teachers by retaining teachers in service for a longer period and whereas there is no shortage in the categories of Librarians and Directors of Physical Education, the increase in the age of superannuation from the present sixty two years shall not be available to the categories of Librarians and Directors of Physical Education.

Query 2. Why is this injustice with the librarians and Direcotrs of physical education as their superannuation age has not been enhanced to 65 years as has been done for the teachers.

As per the letter No.1-32/2006-U.II/U.I (i) by the Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Higher Education, dated the 31st December, 2008 under the point 9 reproduced as below, the 5 non compunded advance increments to the eligible physical education personnels are to be granted from 1.9.2008:



Where as the “UGC REGULATIONS ON MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR
APPOINTMENT OF TEACHERS AND OTHER ACADEMIC STAFF IN UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES AND MEASURES FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF STANDARDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION” dated 23.9.2009 does not state that the 5 non compounded increments shall be awarded to the eligible physical education personnel’s from 1.9.2008.
Hence does it imply that the 5 non-compounded advance increments would be granted from the date of joining and not from 1.9.2008?


Still it is not clear whether the College DPE’s (re-designated as Lecturers/Astt. Professors etc.) who are not teaching the subject of physical education in their respective colleges would come under- non-vocational academic faculty or would be called the teachers. Many of them have taken the subject of physical education as additional/add on subject in their colleges but do not fulfill the criterion of the number of classroom teaching hours (as prescribed in “UGC REGULATIONS ON MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR APPOINTMENT OF TEACHERS AND OTHER ACADEMIC STAFF IN UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES AND MEASURES FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF STANDARDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION” dated 23.9.2009) in their colleges. They perform lesser quantum of duties pertaining to the sports and physical education in their colleges as compared to their equally qualified counterparts working in the universities, who are not called teachers but academic/equivalent cadres. These college DPE’s (re-designated as Lecturers/Astt. Professors etc.) are enjoying all the benefits at par with teachers but do not fulfill the criterion prescribed as per “UGC REGULATIONS ON MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR APPOINTMENT OF TEACHERS AND OTHER ACADEMIC STAFF IN UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES AND MEASURES FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF STANDARDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION” dated 23.9.2009. This is injustice and discrimination with those Assistant Directors/Dy. Directors in physical education, who are not being given 65 years of retirement age and other related benefits/previleges.

Hence you are requested to look into the anomalies as above and clarify the same at the earliest so that no doubt is left with the universities in the implementation of the UGC regulations and other related matters and to avoid any further delays.

jinesh said...

A reasonable man could not fully agree with arguments in favour of implementing of UGC pay package for College teachers in India. This is because hiking retirement age and subsequent utilization of fund obtained from UGC for other purpose would adversely affect many youngsters waiting for a teaching job. The present teachers of the colleges are misleadingly availing advantage of the opportunity in the State that is created by the acute financial crunch that may be resulted from the mass retirement of employees on March 31. Thuglak model retirement age unification in the State last year has created unforeseen complexity in employment and financial sectors. The teachers argue that the academic excellence will be towering if they continue further for a period of five years in the college. The Finance minister dreams that Rs. 2000 crore received from UGC for the salary hike of the college teachers can be gainfully used for the payout of pension benefits of retiring state employees on March 31. My request to the college teachers is that they should never push qualified youths to total despair. All teachers who have completed 55 years of age should so decide to relinquish their post without trying to stick to it by hook or crook. They should help to open opportunities to the new age group.

UGC stipulation for retirement age of college teachers is 65. But Kerala education minister says here it has been decided to fix at 58 because of special circumstances existing in the state. This singularity will never disappear even if the retirement age is brought to 50. Another whimper in this direction is that qualified candidates are not available for college teaching. I want to know how the present college teachers who entered into service by licking the legs of college managers and paying several lakhs as donation, became so efficient now. These people who refuse to retire now, are really a stumbling block before the unemployed educated youngsters. If these persons are appointed as managers of Beverages Corporation, the customers will, of course, get better brands. It may be true that the guest lecturers are handicaps for the improved functioning of the college because they are removed occasionally. But they are the people who teach two alphabets to the students when the permanent teachers are out of the college with their extracurricular activities.

There is also an argument in favour of the existing teachers that if they are retained in the college for another five years only then smooth implementation of the credit and semester system is possible. This argument is absolutely false as C and S system is not an elephantine task. The young recruits will soon catch up the details relating the system and they implement it effectively than the MA second class tailor made self proclaimed professors.

Many people now admit that the retirement age unification was a thoughtless act and in order to meet the financial requirement of next March 31, the Government is trying to hike retirement age college teachers and thereby to divert the UGC fund. The government is not able use this fund to create any fresh job opportunity in the State. If Kerala Government follow the TN model of implementation of UGC package, all teachers will get its benefit without hiking the retirement age. The NET and Ph D qualified candidates will thus get an opportunity to fulfill their aspiration without any loss to existing teachers. It is not one but two families are then protected if a fresh appointment is done in colleges. I hope the government will think more wisely in this direction.

Sreekumar said...

95% of teacher educators in Kerala (teachers of B.Ed colleges) are underpaid with consolidated pay every month and are in contract basis. they work in the informal sector (private and self financing colleges). These teachers have all the requisite qualifications prescribed by the UGC and many are PhD holders. But neither UGC, nor Kapil Sibal nor the Government are interested in ensuring a decent pay and perks for these teachers. Instead they are pouring more money into teachers working in the government and aided colleges.

95% of teacher educators thus do not get the UGC pay ..What nation is this?

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