NEW DELHI: University Grants Commission on Wednesday accepted the report of its Pay Review Committee after making some minor changes in its recommendations. Acknowledging that Readers in colleges/universities could have got a better deal, UGC made some changes in the pay band. It also emphasised that after the pay hike, universities will have to ensure high teaching standards.
UGC will now send its recommendation to the HRD ministry. It has also been asked to give details of demands by teachers' unions and how the pay review committee has dealt with them. Now it is up to the HRD ministry to accept the recommendations after consulting the finance ministry. The full commission meeting on Wednesday was attended by a senior finance ministry official. It is expected that the government will implement the pay hike that will be effective from January 1, 2006.
UGC's Pay Review Committee has recommended a minimum of 70% salary hike along with a host of increments and allowances to teachers. At the entry level, an assistant professor (earlier called lecturer) would get at least Rs 5,000 more than a newly recruited IAS.
The report, given to the UGC on Friday, brings monthly salary of vice-chancellors at par with secretary in the government. Now it has been fixed at Rs 80,000. The committee has also recommended annual increment of 3% of the basic salary with compounding effect. But 25% of teachers in the pay band of Rs 15,600-39,100 would get 4% increment of the basic salary on the basis of better teaching and research performance.
The committee said the Centre should bear 100% burden of states for the next five years. In fact, if states implement all recommendations effectively, the committee said the Centre should bear 50% of salary burden for another five years.
The report puts premium on youth, creates new posts like senior professor, professor of eminence, makes career growth faster for those with impeccable academic credentials, scoffs at the trend of contract teachers, makes research easier, recommends pension after 20 years of teaching and wants teachers to get assessed by students. Now one can become professor within 15 years of joining the profession unlike the earlier 17 years.