Projected UGC Pay Package After 7th CPC Recommendations

Although report of the 7th CPC has become public and lots of dust has settled providing clear indications about the format of next pay revision by UGC constituted pay review committee, acceptance of the recommendations is long due. UGC has also constituted Pay Revision Committee to review pay and other service conditions on June 9, 2016 and asked Professor Chauhan led PRC to submit its report to HRD ministry within six months from the date of its formation.

Composition of UGC Pay Review Committee

Demand is on rise since decades to have a permanent and common pay commission for all the government employees and people's representation. Everybody in this country seems in hurry to take benefit of its position and appears afraid if he or she looses the present position time again would provide this opportunity or not. There was a news item few days ago about formation of a committee by the "AAP" government for making recommendations of perks and allowances for its MLAs and Ministers. This is not an isolated case and none of the ruling party is untouched by the problem. SInce 7th CPC has abolished pay band and grade pay and subsumed grade pay in pay scales using different fitment factors.Recommendations of 7th CPC appears genuine to a great extent but should be looked into seriously if anomaly exists there in the pay scales of teachers. What may now be expected from the UGC pay review is clear to a great extent and it would be discussed below point wise in the light of 7th CPC recommendations.

Structure of revised UGC pay package (5th CPC to 6th CPC)

1. Group A Entry Level posts including Assistant Professor, Assistant Librarian, College Librarian, Assistant Director of Physical Education and College Director of Physical Education were revised from Rs 8000-13500 (pre-revised V SCPC scale) to Rs 15600-39100 with Rs 6000 AGP.

2. Group A - One Level Up Posts including Assistant Professor, formerly Lecturer (Senior Scale), Assistant Librarian (SS), College Librarian (SS)/Assistant Director of Ph. Education (SS), College Director (PHE, SS) place in the V CPC in the pre-revised pay scale of Rs 10,000-15200 were placed in the revised pay scale of Rs 15600-39100 in the AGP of Rs 7000.

3. Group A - Two Level Up Posts comprising readers and lecturers (SG)/DY DPE/Assist. DPE (SPG) with less than 3 years of service placed in the pre-revised 5th CPC of Rs 12000-18300/- were placed in the 6th CPC revised scale of Rs 15600-39100 in the AGP of Rs 8000.

4. Group A -Three Level Up Posts comprising readers and lecturers (SG)/DY DPE/Assist. DPE (SPG) with less than 3 years of service placed in the pre-revised 5th CPC of Rs 12000-18300/- were placed in the 6th CPC revised scale of Rs 37400-67000 in the AGP of Rs 9000.

5. Professors/Principals of PG Colleges/Librarians (Universities)/Director of PHE & registrars: These incumbants were placed in 16400-22400 in the 5th CPC pre-revised scales and were placed in Pay Band IV (Rs 37400-67000) with AGP of Rs 10000.

How many of the teachers called Associate Professors (without a Ph.D.) were awarded with 2 increments after acquiring Ph.D. as in-service candidates?

Auditorium at South Campus of SMS Delhi
Auditorium at South Campus of SMS Delhi | Source

Strange decisions - never implemented

Has there been any productive use of giving different grade pays to teachers like Rs 6000, 7000, 8000 and 9000 (these grade pays are no where mentioned in 6th CPC) instead of making teachers a stranger (I mean a different group of employees)?

Has there been any use of designating non-Ph.D(s) Associate professor? Thousands of such Associate Professors failed to become eligible for post of Professor even after possessing a doctorate degree (w.e.f. award of Ph.D.)?

Fitment factor of 2.57 or 2.67 for Associate Professors?

Associate professors have to pass mental agony again like they have to experience in 6th CPC review and UGC Review Committee placing them in Pay Band III. A long fight had to be fought before getting placed in PB IV. This time 7th CPC has used fitment factor of 2.57 for the employees placed earlier in the AGP of Rs 8700. However, fitment factors of 2.67 and 2.72 are used for the AGP of 8900 and 10000. Erstwhile Associate Professors belongs to none of the grade pay. What fitment factor has to be used for grade pay of Rs 9000/-. Logically, it should be in between 2.67 and 2.72. Chances are more that a fitment factor of 2.57 is suggested for the Associate Professors. If it happens so, it will be great injustice again to this particular class suffering irrespective of the Pay Commission.

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Committee composed by UGC to look into pay disparity and other working conditions should also take an actual assessment of the situation. It has to see the standing of the college and university and its ranking among the national and international universities. Facilities in the name of infrastructure, laboratories and financial capabilities need to be graded before assessing its staff for career assessment.

There are several funny criteria for assessing the teachers during the CAS (Career Advancement Scheme) like publication of research papers in good impact journals. If you assess a Delhi University teacher against the teacher from a small city where instruments, chemicals and lab facilities are non-existent, can you expect same performance from both the teachers? If there are post graduate students in a college and each teacher is guiding five to six M.Sc. or Ph.D. students, is it possible for a teacher or researcher from a small town or college to produce students and research papers at par with the former?

What has been overlooked in case of Associate Professors while assessing them in their CAS was the period for which they were assessed. CAS was implemented from 2009 and assessment process began in 2012. How you can lay the criterion retrospectively? There were thousands of Associate professors who were stagnated in the same pay band since 2006 or even from an earlier date but they were assessed for three years periods beginning 2009. It simply mean that their earlier work (prior to 2009) was in vein and publications done prior to 2009 were worthless even if these were made in top class journals.

Other point that needs to be brought to the notice of Pay Review Committee is related to changes made in grade pay (though GP is not relevant for 7th CPC). Changing grade pay for university teachers did not bring any benefit to teachers. Grade pay of Rs 8700/- in 6th CPC was changed to Rs 9000/- for teachers but benefits associated with it were restricted to GP of Rs 8700/-. In fact it made things more ambiguous than using the same GP of 6th CPC. Let's hope, all these blunders do not recur while implementing 7th CPC for university staff.

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Dr. Deba Prasad Panda 5 weeks ago

Please remove anomalies in the 6th CPC. Those who acquire Ph.D in service after 37,400 scale are great beneficiaries. Those who acquire Ph.D earlier are the loosers. pliz settle it.

Dr Ram janam thakur 5 weeks ago

Retired university teachers those who lives in rented house deserves HOUSE RENT ALLOWANCE if they have no their own Home or provided residential facilities for the rest part of life. Medical allwance or free medical treatment is genuine for retired teachers

Dr. K. S. Meena 6 weeks ago


My request that state government of Rajasthan is not give full benifit of M.Phil./ Ph. D. Insantive. The committee force state government for this.

dr.m.hanif ahmad 6 weeks ago

I think that there is discrimination made at the entry level of assistant professor in 6th pay commission. the ugc made the different grade pay i.e. 6000 but fitment level was the same as it was in the grade pay of 5400, while fixation should be made at upper level as it was in the grade pay of 6600. this is the agony of the nation that those who are shaping the destiny are lagging behind with their counterparts. now this is the right time to correct the anomalies in the different level of pay scales and fixation should be started with the grade pay of 6600. duration of cas should also be decreased as it was in the 5th pay commission.

prabhu dav 8 weeks ago

do know survival of fitness and migration (in capability) adjustmet ........

Dr.V.Shettigar 2 months ago

In karnataka 6th pay commission report is not fully imlplemented. We have been paid only a part of the arrears. It should be made mandatory for all state govt. to implement the recommondations in toto. In our state the principals posts remain vacant since so many years both in Govt. and private aided colleges. No promotions for Associate professors to the post of professors in spite of having required qualification. No medical benefit, no LTC and no CCA. This should be corrected immediately

sukumar 2 months ago

please give additional pay to those asst professors who are teaching PG Classes.

Associate professors works in Post graduate dept. only are eligible for getting the increment.

SHREEKANTA 2 months ago

Sir,we should give something to this society through education ie our main play important role in the development of the country.The role of assistant professor,associate professor,professor are equally important,our hard work is not only for filling bio data,but also for the development of the student community.Therefore salary difference between assistant,associate and professor should be reduced.

M.jaisree 2 months ago

7 th pay comm completely forgot the technical staff cmputer operatores appointed in 1986, in scales. In 1996 nomenclatur must be changed as academic posts like assitant prof , associate prof.etc.

After putting in service for 30 long yrs where do we stand and pensionary benefilets are notannounced for techncal reply

Rajini 2 months ago

...There is a great discrimination in fixation of scale at the entry level for Asst. Prof post itself. Since entry level qualification for any post of Asst. Prof /scientist is post graduation in any discipline, which is applicable for those joined after 2006.

My simple question is does the standards of education come down to encourage giving them two increments at entry level?

Is this rule not applicable for those who joined before 2006?

sk 2 months ago

There is huge gap in the salary of Assistant professor and Associate professor but reasonable in Associate professor and Professor. There should be same reasonable gap in Assistant professor and Associate professor also. Its high time for UGC to scrap the 6000. 7000,8000,9000,10000 AGP system and recast them to something like a proper 6000, 7500, 9000, 10000 setup to rationalize the existing incumbents' status.

Prof. P.K.Chidambaram,Retd: Principal 3 months ago

No separate pay scale was recommended by the UGC in the VI pay commission. Principal's duties & responsibilities are higher than that of Professors and hence, a higher pay scale should be recommended to the Govt. by the UGC in its VII pay commission report for rendering justice to the post.

Mallikarjun 3 months ago

Plz include 7th AICTE pay scale for workshop staff like foremans , instructors, asst instructors etc...

Dr. E. Rama Reddy 3 months ago

The age of retirement was increased from 58 years, 60 years, 62 years and now to 65 years but 15 years ceiling is retained to restore back the full pension. All the UGC scale pensioners should get back their full pension at the age of 75 or after 12 years of retirement irrespective of age of retirement.

Please support this for the benefit of all the pensioners who are drawing UGC scales/pension and who are retired or going to retire in future.

chandrasekar 3 months ago

directly recruited professor should be differentiated from CAS professor. Otherwise no meaning for merit and hard work. as well his seniority.

Mayya 4 months ago

Glad that at last the VII UGC Pay Commission has been made. In Karnataka, still 6th UGC Pay Commission recommendations are not implemented. Faculty have gone to court for 6th Pay arrears, got favorable verdict, honorable court has ordered the Government to pay arrears within 3 months, but only solace, they have to file contempt case, no promotion to the post of Associate Professors, no Principal Post in Colleges both Govt and Aided, 16 hours for Associate Professors, contrary to UGC recommendations, those who got their Phd after 1996, but those who got PhD increments after 2007, only 420+420, which is kept separate and not considered for any allowances, failed to understand the concept of cumulative and non-cumulative, no selection to the posts vacant in the aided colleges after 1986....many issues.....

BR. BIPIN CH. GOSWAMI 4 months ago

I welcome the the UGC for the formation of PRC for 7th pay commission. But my question is what will happen for Associate Professor (with PhD) and Associate Professor without PhD? If the PRC apply 2.57 fitment factor then the Associate Professor like me will not be benefited . Because there will not any change of pay structure. So I request all the members to examine the matter seriously.

DC 4 months ago


There is a great discrimination for the post of lecturers in diploma technical institutes. People just underestimate the designation ''Lecturer'' as compared to Asst. Prof. So, incumbents with M. tech should be designated as Asst. Prof. to wipe out the discrimination. Moreover, Lecturer's working hours is 18 hrs/week whereas for Asst. Prof it is 16. So, in 7th pay commission these things should be urgently considered for providing justice to the lecturers.

S Mondal 5 months ago

Nowhere in the 7th CPC is anything mentioned about the IITs. The thing is they are autonomous institutes, not directly under the central govt. So I dont think 7th cpc applies for the IITS

Dr sujatha 7 months ago

Sir ,

Good evening,

In the 7 pay commission does an Assistant professor who joined with ph.d is eligible for associated professor with 8 years of experience as Asst Professor. please let me know

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