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Pay hike likely for varsity teachers

University teachers can hope for a better emolument package after a UGC-appointed Pay Revision committee finishes chalking out proposals to resolve their grievances and check attrition.

delhi Updated: Aug 05, 2008 13:52 IST

University teachers can hope for a better emolument package after a UGC-appointed Pay Revision committee finishes chalking out proposals to resolve their grievances and check attrition.

The committee, headed by Prof G K Chadha, has already consulted teachers and staff of about 400 universities in the country and is now studying their views.

"Teaching is a noble profession. We are analysing feedback received from teachers and their organisations in this regard. What I can tell at this time is that we could propose certain measures to ensure that their problems are sorted out and more people take an interest in joining the profession," Chadha told PTI.

The UGC had set up the Chadha committee earlier this year and the panel completed its visit to universities last month.

"We will take a minimum of another three months to compile and study the data. Then the report would be submitted," he said.

Various teachers' bodies have been critical of the Chadha committee for "delaying" its report submission on pay revision. They have raised objections to the "poor package" they are getting and cited this as a reason for the "high attrition" rate in the sector.

Students are "developing cold feet before joining the sector owing to the poor package," they had alleged.

"There are only six people on this committee. It is obvious that we will take time to complete our study. But our recommendations will be helpful to the teaching fraternity," Chadha said.