Teaching college just became more lucrative than joining the Indian civil services. With the government announcing revised pay scales of university and college teachers, new teachers from central universities will now join on a higher-grade pay than entrants to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS).
While a fresh IAS recruit will join on a grade pay of Rs 5,400, a teacher will join with a grade pay of Rs 6,000.
"Under the sixth pay commission, grade pay determines status and seniority. Before this teachers and IAS officers were at par, but now teaching has become more lucrative," said Shiba C. Panda, member, Executive Council, Delhi University (DU).
What's more, both teachers and IAS officers are placed in Pay Band 3. But now teachers with a PhD will get promoted to Pay Band 4 in only 12 years, while an IAS officer will get there in 14 years.
"The pay revision will go a long way in retaining talent. Now we have quicker promotion. The concept of senior lecturer has been done away with. So all teachers, whether a PhD, or MPhil or with neither degree, will join as assistant professors," said Panda.
Assistant professors will have three different academic pay grades of Rs 6,000, Rs 7,000 and Rs 8,000 before being promoted to associate professor with a grade pay of Rs 9,000.
Associate professors have been placed in the pay band of Rs 37,400-67,000.
"This is a huge qualitative jump for many senior teachers who have been stagnating in colleges," said Aditya Narayan Misra, president of the Delhi University Teachers Association.
However, teachers preferred to wait for a notification and detailed report.
"If promotion depends on conditions like certain number of publications as prescribed by the Chadha Committee, then college teachers will have a problem," said Abha Dev Habib, Senior Lecturer in Miranda House and member of DU's Academic Council.
"Along with heavy teaching load and administrative responsibilities, college teachers cannot satisfy conditions for research work. So we will wait for the fine print before commenting," Habib said.
The government has also introduced professorship in colleges for the first time.
"Ten per cent of all associate professors will be promoted to professors in colleges. We welcome the initiative but we will negotiate with the ministry to increase the quota," said Misra.