Chadha suggests a hefty pay hike for the faculty

From Sanjiv Dube

NEW DELHI : The G. K. Chadha pay review committee has suggested a salary hike ranging between 70 per cent and 85 per cent for over five lakh university and college teachers in the UGC chief S.K. Thorat receiving the report of the ‘Review the Pay Scales and Service Conditions of University and College Teachers’ from its Committee Chairman, Prof. G.K. Chadha, in New Delhi on October 3, 2008. country.

If the pay hike recommendations are accepted by the government, a faculty fresher with a Ph.D will get a take-home package of about Rs 40,000 instead of the present Rs 22,000. The salary will be Rs 6,000 more than what an IAS beginner would get under the Sixth Pay Commission implementation scheme.

The UGC appointed committee headed by Prof G K Chadha submitted its report to UGC Chairman Prof S.K. Thorat on October 3.

“We have introduced new features like academic allowances, speedy increments and promotions, designation of professor in colleges offering postgraduate courses and seed money to colleges for research grants to attract and retain young talents,” Prof Chadha, who is also a member of the Prime Minister’s economic advisory council, told reporters.

"The recommendations will make teaching more attractive and would bring in youngsters who are opting for greener pastures," Chadha said after submitting the report to the UGC chief.

The recommendations, submitted to the UGC will be considered by the Commission on October 7 and 8 and then sent to the Human Resource Development Ministry on October 9. All recommendations should be implemented in toto as a package with effect from January 1 2006, Prof Chadha added.

The panel has suggested that the Centre give 100 per cent assistance to states for the first five years.

According to the recommendation of the committee, the superannuation age of all college and university teachers will be 65 years. However, teachers might be re-employed selectively after superannuation on contract basis up to the age of 70.

The teachers should be eligible for full pension after 20 years of service. The revised pension to the family of the deceased employee -- a minimum of Rs 3,500 per month and a maximum of 30 per cent -- of the highest pay in the Central government should be extended to teachers as well. The committee recommended replacing the post of “lecturer” with that of “assistant professor”. The existing pay scale for this post is Rs 8,000-275-13,500, and the new pay scale would be Rs 15,600-39,100 with a grade of Rs 6,600.

“Another additional new post is that of professor of eminence. This title may be conferred on not more than 10 per cent of the total strength of professors in a university. This position will be bestowed on someone who has acquired national and international stature. The criteria for choosing them will be tough. In terms of pay package, professors of eminence and vice-chancellors will be at par (Rs. 80,000),” said H.C. Narang, a panel member.

The panel recommended that lecturers be called assistant professors and be fixed in a pay scale of Rs 15,600-39,100 and pay grade of Rs 6,600. Assistant professors (senior scale) who come next will get the same scale and grade of Rs 7,200; followed by assistant professors (selection grade) and associate professors with the same scale and grade of Rs 8,000.

Professors should be fixed in the Rs 37,40067,000 pay scale. It has suggested the creation of senior professors with the same pay scale.

In the case of college teachers, the panel has suggested pay scale similar to those for universities. It has suggested a scale of Rs 37,400-67,000 and two advance increments for the principals of undergraduate and postgraduate colleges.

The panel has suggested that the retirement age of teachers be increased to 65 years.

A comparative study of the pay scales of IAS officers and the faculty shows a considerable edge for the teachers. The report recommends a fixed scale of Rs 80,000 for a vice-chancellor, same as that of a Secretary to the Government of India. A professor's salary will match that of an additional secretary. The committee, for the first time, has proposed a new system to share the salary. In place of 80:20 split between the Centre and states for first five years of implementation, the committee wants the Union Government to foot the entire bill for five years and based on states' performance, provide incentives for next five. An annual increment of three per cent of basic salary and a per cent more for entry-level teachers, based on performance is on the cards as well.

The panel has recommended two years’ childcare leave for women. For the first time, it has proposed 15 days’ paternity leave for childcare. The panel has also recommended a regular administrative structure encouraging faculty members to offer consultancy services to private firms alongside their teaching duties. The panel has suggested that in cases where the consultancy fees earned is less than 30 per cent of the gross salary, the teacher be allowed to keep the entire amount.  

Details of Chadha recommendations



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