Thursday, June 18, 2009

Punjab cabinet clears UGC pay scales for college and university teachers

The Council of Ministers Thursday approved the implementation of UGC pay scales of teachers and equivalent cadres in universities and colleges in Punjab in the wake of the recommendations of Sixth Central Pay Commission.

A decision to this effect was taken here at a meeting of the Cabinet chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal this morning.

Giving the details Chief Minister’s Media Advisor Harcharan Bains said that this decision would be applicable to the teachers and equivalent cadres of Panjab University Chandigarh, Punjabi University, Patiala, Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar, Punjab Agriculture University Ludhiana and Guru Angad Dev University of Veterinary Sciences Ludhiana along with Government colleges and government aided colleges. The concerned administrative department in the case of Punjab Agriculture University Ludhiana and Guru Angad Dev University of Veterinary Sciences Ludhiana would issue a separate notification in accordance with this memorandum. In case of any anomaly that arises in the notification to be issued for PAU and GADVASU, Ludhiana would resolve it at its own level. The state government would be liable to pay the total liability of about Rs.215.11 crore annually due to enhanced scales.

In another significant decision, the Council of Ministers also approved the creation of 10,710 new posts in the government schools, of which 5287 would be filled in 351 newly upgraded senior secondary schools under NABARD scheme and remaining 5423 in the schools upgraded under rationalization policy. Of 5287 newly created posts, included 77 Principals, 1902 Lecturers, 2106 Vocational Masters/Mistresses, 500 Senior Laboratory Attendants, 351 Librarians and 351 Library Restorers would be filled involving an expenditure of Rs.35.29 crore per annum for the schools upgraded under the NABARD scheme.

Likewise, the Council of Ministers also accorded approval for creation of 5423 posts including 73 Principals, 150 Lecturers in Physical Education, 600 Science Masters, 1700 Math Masters, 1600 Punjabi Masters, 950 Hindi Master and 350 Art & Craft teachers in 200 schools which had been upgraded from elementary to middle, middle to high and high to senior secondary level due to rationalization policy in 2001. The total annual expenditure involved in the creation of these 5423 posts was expected to Rs.27.05 crore per annum.

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