There is good news for about 8 lakh Central government employees such as college universities teachers and professors in the offing as they are set to get a pay hike after UGC panel’s recommendation is to be tabled before the Cabinet. The staff working in government and state-run institutions will see an increase in salary by 22-28 per cent, according to a report in the Hindustan Times when the final clearance is obtained. Assistant professors with grade pay of Rs 6,000 and 7,000 and Associate professors with a grade pay of Rs 9,000 will get an increase of 22 per cent. Whereas a Professor with a grade pay of Rs 10,000 will get an increase of 24 per cent. Vice Chancellor’s salary would increase by 28 per cent. The beneficiaries of this hike are the faculty and staff in of all the centrally funded institutes including the IITs and NITs. The last pay hike was in 2006 with the Sixth Central Pay Commission. The UGC had submitted its recommendation in February. Associations of the teachers of several institutions warned of going on strike if the salary was not adjusted on time.
The hike borne equally by the Centre and state governments would cost about Rs 70,000 crore in three years, according to the report. Apart from the hike the UGC also revised annual assessment of teachers and changed the current point system with a grading system. Individuals fulfilling the eligibility criteria would now be able to get the associate and professor jobs directly. The 7th pay commission’s allowances in June this year were increased for government employees working in the Defence, Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), and Coast Guard personnel, Railways staff, Postal department and the nursing staff.