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UGC pushes for college teachers’ pay hike

delhi Updated: Oct 15, 2008 01:16 IST
Chetan Chauhan

To bring teachers pay scales on a par with bureaucrats, the UGC has recommended higher pay scale for three grades of college teachers than what was recommended by the Chadda Committee. The panel had submitted its report on new pay structure for teachers to UGC a fortnight ago.

The higher scale recommended are for lecturers in senior scale and selection scale and readers in selection grade. “These grades will bring teachers at par with bureaucrats,” a UGC official said. Increase in pay structure was done by UGC following a representation of Federation of Central Universities Teacher’s Association.

In a report submitted to the HRD Ministry this week, the UGC has agreed with the committe’s recommendations that the Centre should foot the entire bill of the increase in pay scales of teachers of state universities for the first five years. Thereafter, for another five years it should bear 50 per cent of expenses of the state universities, the UGC has recommended.

Till now, the Centre used to pay for 80 per cent of the extra burden. But, even after that many states failed to implement UGC pay scales for university and college teachers.

“To prevent any such a situation we have recommended that the Centre should pay the entire cost of implementing the new pay scales,” a UGC official said. But, the ministry, which would discuss the new pay structure may face a problem of getting a clearance from the Finance Ministry to foot the bill.

The government may not be willing to bear the entire cost as it would lead to huge burden on the Central exchequer and will absolve the state from its responsibility to share the higher salary of its employees, a government official told HT.