Monday, August 17, 2009

Chavan's intervention fails to end college teachers' strike in Maharashtra. ^^AICTE pay revision : notification is likely within 31st August.

The degree college teachers' indefinite strike will enter its 35th day on Monday, and is slated continue after a meeting on Sunday between chief minister Ashok Chavan and a 16-member delegation of Maharashtra Federation of University and College Teachers' Organisation's (MFUCTO) executive committee failed to arrive at a consensus.
hough Chavan told the members that he "understood their issues", the government could not reach a final decision, and now another round of talks will be scheduled this week, this time between the CM and MFUCTO, along with higher education minister Rajesh Tope.

The strike, which started on July 14, saw nearly 26 hours of discussions between MFUCTO and the higher education department. But as the deadlock continued, MFUCTO had asked Chavan to intervene. Subsequently, a MFUCTO delegation met Chavan on Sunday. "We had a good meeting. The CM said he has understood the issues being raised by us, ie, implementation of the 'composite scheme' of the sixth Pay Commission and wrongful implementation of NET/SLET retrospectively on 10,000 teachers appointed prior to December 1999," said MFUCTO president CR Sadasivan.

On the issue of NET/SLET, the CM said he was "in agreement" with MFUCTO that the matter should be resolved through a policy decision of the government, instead of sending individual cases to the University Grants Commission (UGC). "However, the CM stated that since Tope was unable to participate in Sunday's discussion, only a one-sided view was available to him, and hence it would be necessary to also obtain Tope's view before taking a final decision," said Sadasivan.

On pay scales, Chavan said that though there are certain benefits in the composite scheme, if it is implemented for teachers other sections may also demand the same. "The CM said this would involve a huge financial commitment the government was not in a position to accept immediately, and that it requires further examination. However, he said we can have further negotiations on the matter and admitted that with some modifications, the composite scheme could be accepted," said Sadasivan.

Since further negotiations are necessary, Chavan has decided to fix another meeting between August 19-21 as per Tope's convenience to arrive at a final decision. "We are hopeful the CM will pave the way for ending the strike," said EH Kathale, MFUCTO general secretary.

Source : "DNA"

AICTE pay revision : notification is likely within 31st August.

N Chandra Shekhar, General Secretary, AIFPTO had detailed discussions with Ms. Pratima Dikshit, Director (Technical Cell), MHRD on 12th of this month regarding the AICTE Pay Revision. She has informed that the Report is under scrutiny of the Finance wing of MHRD. Soon after the Finance Wing clears the Report, it would be sent to the AICTE for Notification. This entire process is likely to be completed by 31st August 2009.


krishnan said...

The Government of Maharashtra is squarely responsible for the inordinate delay in bringing out a GR implementing the UGC PRC's recommendations and so also for the prolonged University and College Teacher's strike. There is no reason for the Government to compare University and College Teachers with that of Government employees. While the Government employees of the Government of Maharashtra belong to the State Government Employees Cadre, the University and College Teachers belong to the Central Cadre. These two categories of employees belong to two different species, fathered by two different people i.e. the Central Government (UGC) and the State Government. There is no scope for any comparison between the College and University Teachers and the State Government employees and hence there should not be any implication or impact of UGC PRC implementation on the State Government Employees.

Even if the Government of Maharashtra was to implement the UGC 6th PRC in totality, the University and College teachers will still get a raw deal because the full benefit of the UGC 6th PRC will not be available to the University and College Teachers in Maharashtra as the report will be implemented with a time lag of 4 years. The Teachers have already lost (implicit interest) on the amount outstanding with the Government of Maharashtra. If the implicit interest is assumed to be 10 per cent per annum, the implicit interest income lost by an average teacher would be in the range of atleast 20 per cent on the total amount outstanding. Thus the Government of Maharashtra has already unduly and unlawfully eaten away about 20 per cent of the Teachers' lawful money. Now if the Government of Maharashtra is to put some limitations on the implementation in terms of excluding some of the benefits such as payment of HRA at 30 per cent of Basic Pay from September 2007 or payment of TA at the rate of Rs.3200/- per month from that date, or Academic and Children's Allowance, or Special increments for Professional Courses, the loss inflicted on the University and College Teachers would be enormous. A thoroughly abridged version of UGC 6th PRC implementation by the Government of Maharashtra would be a great dis-service to the cause of Higher Education and a Day Light Heist of the University and College Teachers.

The UGC 6th PRC Implementation is only a matter of Payment. There are a number of other loopholes and weaknesses in the Higher Education system which puts the average teacher to a great dis-advantage. By short changing the University and College teachers on the 6th PRC, the Government of Maharashtra is only strangling a limping creature called the University and College Teacher. Let the Government decide if it wants a limping teacher or a teacher who can walk straight!

Siva said...

New Delhi, Aug. 18: The Centre has snipped the annual increments recommended for teachers at the IITs and IIMs under a new pay regime, shuffling existing hierarchies in a move that could trigger a protracted protest from faculty members.

The revised annual increments approved by the cabinet on August 7 for faculty at India’s apex technical education institutions are lower than those proposed by a central review panel, The Telegraph has learnt.

The new salaries proposed by the central review team headed by former Indian Institute of Science director Goverdhan Mehta were already lower than what the institutes had demanded to tackle a crippling faculty shortage.

But the pay regime approved by the cabinet — based on finetuning of the Goverdhan Mehta report by an inter-ministerial committee — further reduced the financial benefits proposed for teachers.

In absolute terms, the new pay regime hikes starting salaries at each teaching post for the IITs and IIMs by around 150 per cent. But the salaries were last set in 1999 and teachers are unlikely to accept the new hierarchies the new regime creates.

As a sense of the new pay regime started drifting in on IIT and IIM campuses today, faculty associations met to prepare strategies to protest what they argue is “disrespect” to their service.

Senior faculty members told this newspaper that they may try to meet HRD minister Kapil Sibal in a bid to convince him to take a fresh look at the pay structure before it is notified. The ministry is likely to issue the notification of the new pay regime around August 20.

“If this is what the cabinet has approved, the government is effectively saying that they do not care about retaining the best faculty at the IITs and IIMs,” the head of the faculty association of one of the IITs said.

The new regime hits the National Institutes of Technology, the Indian Institutes of Information Technology and the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad ever harder.

The NITs had demanded pay parity with the IITs, IIITs and ISM — where salaries are already higher than those of university teachers because of the greater market demand for teachers of technical courses. Instead, the NITs will receive the pay prescribed by the University Grants Commission for varsity teachers.

Existing faculty at IIITs and the ISM Dhanbad will continue to receive salaries on a par with the IITs and IIMs under the new regime. New teachers at these institutions will, however, receive salaries similar to UGC scales.

The Telegraph had reported on August 8 that the IIITs and ISM Dhanbad were to lose their current pay parity with the IITs and IIMs under the new regime.

But the new regime also alters existing pay hierarchies within the IITs and IIMs. At present, assistant professors receive salaries on a par with deputy registrars at these institutes while associate professors receive salaries on a par with registrars.

But under the new regime, assistant professors will receive lower pay than deputy registrars and associate professors less than registrars in a shuffle that one IIM professor described as “outrageously unfair”.

“Assistant professors and associate professors need to hold PhDs with first class scores in their research evaluation, apart from teaching experience. These are significantly higher qualifications than those required for administrative jobs,” the professor complained.

The IIMs had demanded that their directors receive a fixed salary of Rs 90,000 a month. The new regime doles out Rs 80,000 a month for directors at the IITs, IIMs, the Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research, IISc in Bangalore and the National Institute of Industrial Engineering.

Directors at the NITs, IIITs and ISM Dhanbad will receive Rs 75,000 a month, along with a special allowance of Rs 5,000 -- a salary on a par with university vice-chancellors. The special allowance is not considered while calculating benefits like the dearness allowance.

Siva said...

Following is the link of the final notification on Technical Institutes'
6th pay salary.

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