In a new-year gift to university and college teachers, the government has revised their pay scales, offering hefty hikes effective from January 1, 2006.
Making an announcement in this regard, Minister of State for HRD D Purandeswari said in the Lok Sabha that there will be three positions -- Assistant Professors, Associate Professors and Professors in universities and colleges.
In place of "Grade Pay" as applicable to central government employees, the term "Academic Grade Pay" (AGP) shall be used for the teachers and equivalent positions. Different Grade Pays of Rs 6000, Rs 7000, Rs 8000, Rs 9000, Rs 10,000 and Rs 12,000 have been approved as AGP for teachers and equivalent positions.
The Union Cabinet on Monday approved the revised pay scales for the teachers. Earlier, the UGC had set up a committee headed by Prof GK Chadha to suggest the revised pay package for the academics.
The announcement came as a relief to the academics who are on strike in various universities demanding early implementation of the Chadha committee report.
While the revision of pay scales will come into effect from January 1, 2006, the allowances (except DA) and advance increments etc would come into effect from September 1, 2008.