Seventh Central Pay Commission and UGC Pay Review Committee recommendations

Although report of the 7th CPC has become public and recommendations implemented for central government employees. Lot of dust has settled and indications of the structural changes in the format of next pay revision by UGC constituted pay review committee are very clear. Pay Revision Committee was constituted to review pay and other service conditions on June 9, 2016 Professor Chauhan led PRC was asked to submit its report to HRD ministry within six months from the date of its formation.It is unlikely that committee doesn't ask for at least single extension since all such committee's functioning is governed based on the hints and guidelines by the ministries under which these committee's work.

Composition of UGC Pay Review Committee

Demand is being made since decades to have a permanent and common pay commission for all the government employees and people's representatives. 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 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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Professor B.K.Chawla 15 hours ago


In SKRAU Bikaner the Scientist who acquire Ph.D in Service class before 1-1-1996 and after 28-8-1998 get the two increments in the pay scale of 1200-18300 where as those acquire the Ph. D from 1-1-1996 to 28-8-1998 they get the benefit of two increments in pay scale of 10000-15300 which was merged on promotion from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor/ Assistant Professor Selection grade. Its not at all justified that with the same qualification a junior is paid more. So I request you please consider all these factors and fix the pay accordingly and give the right justice to all.

Dr Ranajit Ray 21 hours ago

Those who are professor since July 1998 were placed in the same pay band 37400-67000 with Assoc. Prof. with a meagre marginal benefit of Rs1000/- in AGP which was an injustice compared to the pay scales in earlier pay revisions. Most of us have retired. The review committee may kindly look into it.

Prof. SARATCHANDRAN 2 days ago

Retired teachers in UGC scales should be given HRA and medical allowance. While in service, they get Quarters or HRA, while out of service, they get neither. Enhanced medical allowance is a dire necessity for the old people. These senior citizens really deserve more consideration and more (financial) support during the last phase of their lives.

Ashok Kumar Jha 3 days ago

There were a lot of anomalies in UGC sixth Pay report. One such anomaly was regarding PhD increment.Those who acquired PhD after their promotion to Associate ptofessor were granted three extra increments ( which they should be given )and hence they are getting more than those in the same rank who joined with PhD or acquired PhD before their promotion to Associate Professor. It can't be justified in any way. Such anomalies should be removed by stepping up of the pay of the concerned teacher.

Dr yogeesh .c karnataka 7 days ago

The government of karnataka ,not implemented 6 cpc completely lots of anomilies in ph,d increments and delay in implementation of cas of AGP 9000 . principal posts qualifications still under discussion at govt level ,in this regard 7cpc shouldnot allow this type of delay . pay scales must be above the civil servent scales in 7 cpc .teaching is noble profession

pushpa parikh 2 weeks ago

In college education Rajasthan Science practical periods are traeted 2/3 as compared 1:1. Is this recommended by UGC?

Dr.B.R.Patil 2 weeks ago

In Karnataka Govt not clear about to extend Ph.D increments -2/3 cumulative/ fixed . The logic of Education Dept is not clear. Why playing like.1.1.2006 on wards should pay as per ugc guidelines. Similarly the age of retirement - why not implementing it in to to ?

Samir 4 weeks ago

I want to say something to People complaining here. Govt is atleast paying attention to you people and passing on really good benefits.

Govt has never paid attention to the benefits of Private sector employees e.g. IT industry, which is giving good amount of earning to Govt.

IT people are exploited like anything , they are robbed of their personal life, still getting paid so much less than teachers and lecturers who are complaining here.

There is no protection whatsoever to IT employees who are suffering from exploitation,job insecurity etc.

Dr.A.RemaDevi 6 weeks ago

Because of the anomalies of 6th UGC pay revision, juniors who acquired Ph.D after 37400 scale are paid more salary than seniors who acquired Ph.D before 37400 scale.Please consider this matter.

Dr. A. A. Kumar,Ph.D. 7 weeks ago

Sir, When it will be possible for the committee to submit report for its consideration by Government of India. Because we ICAR Scientist are dependant on UGC Pay Scale. We retired Scientist from ICAR looking forward for our enhanced Pension.


somashekhar s 7 weeks ago

There should be separate scale for Principal as he/she has to handle so many issues in the college in comparison to professor a prof. conducts just 6 hrs workload /week and enjoys that too also only 6 months where as Principal's duty si 24 hrs round the cloak has to work so think of this poor fellow and do the justice accordingly.

s s khadabadi 7 weeks ago

Dear Sir, I would like to bring to your kind notice that in the6th pay there are lot anomalies have occurred. for ex. the professor who joined after 01.01.2006 has been fixed @ 53000/- minimum in the scale of 37400-67000+ 10000 Gp but whereas those who are already working have been fixed @40640 +GP 10000 which is very wrong and created lot of humiliating atmosphere. And there is no difference between Principal and Professor which is very wrong. So I request you please consider all these factors and fix the pay accordingly and give the right justice to all.

Dr.V.Hari Prasad 2 months ago

Good morning..

Introduce direct level HOD entry in diploma level institutions with Doctorol degree as a qualification..and make mandatory condition to draw pb-4 , Ph.D is essential gap in between Asst,Assoc and Professor is to be reduced

sanak 2 months ago


Since two decades is going to be passed, U.G.C. letter published in

1999 to stop posting of demonstrator.Action taken report is null and

void . Still the same post is filled by some universities and colleges

in the union territory. Demonstrators joining on or before 01.01.1986.

as per U.G.C. decision /letter U.G.C. scale should be implemented

for them changing their designation as per qualification. Their

education be utilized by Govt.We are astonished when recruitment

of the this post be stopped.

PC Ghosh 2 months ago


There is a huge difference in the pay between Assistant professor and Associate professor but very little between Associate professor and Professor. This is a great injustice. I think this should be taken care in 7 pay. Asst Prof with 6 years of experience and Ph. D. should be eligible for Associate Professor. In direct recruitment, only 5 years experience and Ph D required.

Dr. Pankaj Bhan 2 months ago

Guest teachers get remuneration at the rate of Rs. 1,000 per class and the monthly ceiling for them is Rs. 25 thousand only. This rate of remuneration is highly inadequate. It will be in the fitness of things if the per lecture payment is increased to Rs. 2 thousand per class and accordingly per month ceiling for emoluments is increased to at least 50 thousand rupees.

Prof. P.K.Chidambaram,Retd: Principal 2 months ago

It is requested that the progress in furnishing the report of the UGC- VIIth pay commission to the Government for examination and finalisation may kindly be speeded up specifying the fitment factor appropriate to the posts of Professors, Associate Professors, Asst. Professors in Universities and for the Principals and other categories of teaching staff in colleges.

YASHWANT SINGH 2 months ago

6th pay 6th pay commission anomalies must be rectified by stepping up the pay of seniors as and when a junior acquire Ph.D. Degree and is awarded two extra increments. Its not at all justified that with the same qualification a junior is paid more.

Dr. Deba Prasad Panda 2 months 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 2 months 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

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