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Seventh Central Pay Commission and UGC Pay Review Committee recommendations

Updated on February 23, 2017

UGC has cleared the report submitted by the Pay Revision Committee constituted to review pay and other service conditions on June 9, 2016 under the chairmanship of Professor Chauhan. PRC was asked to submit its report to HRD ministry within six months from the date of its formation. Committee has recommended a 20 percent hike in the salaries of university and college teachers.Salient features of the recommendations are listed below.

  • New salaries should be paid with retrospective effect from January 2016
  • A multiplication factor of 2.72 will be applied to the basic salary and AGP for pay fixation
  • A performance linked promotion system has been suggested with emphasis on research
  • There is no change in the retirement age

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 was expected from the UGC pay review was 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.)?

Committee composed by UGC was assumed to look into pay disparity and other working conditions should also take an actual assessment of the situation. It has supposed 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 needed to be graded before assessing its staff for career assessment. However, the performance based promotion system suggested by the PRC has again laid stress on research but without any attention to existing infrastructural and basic requirements for high quality research.

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.Surya 32 hours ago

      I don't know what to make of this news in the link given, if someone has some more information on this please post.

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      Dr.Surya 2 days ago

      Dear Colleagues,

      I request one and all to post information that is from an authentic source like newspapers, articles, and news available on any reliable site on the net. Please do not post information which is not reliable and the authenticity cannot be established.

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      Anoop 3 days ago

      What is special on July 18th?

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      Dr.Surya 3 days ago

      Dear Mr. Ak singh what is the source of your information. I dont understand the significance of july 18. I am sorry but I dont understand the logic that ugc is operating with if at all the news is true

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      Dr.R. Anandan 3 days ago

      Dear AK Singh,

      I hope that you mean to say July, 2018. Am I right?

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      AKsingh 3 days ago

      UGC is planning to announce 7 prc in July 18.

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      Basala Babu Rao Guntur 3 days ago

      AIFUCTO should immediately ask all UGC scale drawing teachers in Degree Colleges/Universities in all States/UTs to Email the following TEXT to their respective MPs, thus flooding their Email accounts with this Common Country-Wide message == Honorable Member of Parliament .. Namasakar ----Kindly use Your good offices and persuade the Central Govt. to immediately announce and implement uniformly UGC revised Pay scales due from January 2016 across the country==from: .........of ......State/UT teachers Association......Honorable MPs Email ids could be available on Indian Govt. portal .

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      Dr. R. Anandan 4 days ago

      Dear Dr. Surya,

      My intention is not to criticize. if we verify these associations website for any details, not even updated. If they are really active, is it not possible for them to give a glimpse of UGC PRC report.

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      Dr.Surya 4 days ago

      Dear Dr. Anandan,

      I may not agree with your views on AIFUCTO, FEDCUTA and DUTA, they are really working hard but the MHRD is not responding favorably. Let's not point fingers at the very people working for our well being.

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      Dr. R. Anandan 4 days ago

      It is not only very clever delaying tactics by the govt, but also very, very clever tactics by the teacher associations (AIFUCT, FEDCUTA, DUTA) to make money from impatience of the teachers

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      Sudheer Bhatiya 5 days ago

      why april 19?make it on sept 05 !

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      Mayya from Udupi 6 days ago

      It seems that getting 7 Pay is not easy. HRD is intentionally not allowing the report to be released. It is also contemplating whether to implement the report as it is. Hence April 19 will be observed as Demand Day by AIFUCTO.

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      Dr.Surya 7 days ago

      very clever delaying tactics by the govt. as the patience of the teachers runs out a small piece of information is released which puts the anxiety to rest. another piece of information is released when we the teaching fraternity become anxious again. congress was better because the delay was not intentional, it was due to the system.BJP, however is delaying things intentionally. saves them money on allowances and fiscal deficit targets are met.we teachers were always the last priority for any government till date. the reasons are very clear, we think of the students interests and refrain striking. look at the API case in june duta put the foot down on evaluations and the government conceded to demands.


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      Basala Babu Rao Guntur 7 days ago

      Mayyaji .. Please ask all State/UT associations to invoke immediately across the country and jump into action by approaching their local MPs to give a representation for speedy implementation of revised scales. If pressure is from all sides in all States/UTs , the Honorable MPs shall persuade Modi Ji to implement our genuine revised pay scales without delay. The Selam Executive meeting could prepare a common memorandum and circulate it to all States units.

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      Mayya from Udupi 8 days ago

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      Parag 9 days ago

      Another dangerous development that has occurred in my opinion is that the recommendation seeks the Universities to manage 30% of the hiked salaries through own revenue generation as because the government will bear not more than 70% of the additional financial burden arising out of the seventh CPC implementation in such institutes. It hints at increased tuition fees. Does this not imply that the government funded academic institutions are being pushed towards privatization? I hope that FEDCUTA is keeping an eye on that as well.

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      Dr. surya 9 days ago

      Dr. Mayya ji

      please share the link to the press release. I was not able to find the release on the net.

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      R Anandan 10 days ago

      These unions are active only for collection of money for their own purpose. if you have any doubt verify AIFUCTO website.

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      Dr. Surya 10 days ago

      I fail to understand as to why various teacher association (AIFUCT, FEDCUTA, DUTA) are silent on the UGC PRC report. I understand that the pay report has been forwarded to the MHRD in February. However, the status after that is not known (why is the report not being made public and when is it likely to be put in the public domain). There is no mention on their respective websites too. Many states have declared that they will implement the 7th CPC. I think the teacher as usual will be the last beneficiaries.

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      dr naresh lata 11 days ago

      Is there any recommendation for the salary of Assisant Professor on contract in university?

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