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Commentary on the UGC Pay Review as per the PRC recommendations

Updated on May 17, 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

Union leaders and central government officials are likely to meet today i.e. 17-05-2017, according to a NDTV report to make announcement on allowances due to central government officials.

  • The Seventh Pay Commission had recommended abolishing 53 of the 196 allowances, and subsuming 36 other allowances. It also recommended slashing the House Rent Allowance (HRA)--for metros'
  • Commission recommended bringing down the HRA from 30 per cent to 24 per cent.
  • The Seventh Pay Commission had recommended the rate of House Rent Allowance (HRA) be kept at 24 percent, 16 percent and 8 percent of the Basic Pay for Class X, Y and Z cities respectively.

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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      Asha 9 hours ago

      In seventh pay commission librarian scales similar ministry like 5400,6600,7600,8700 as on.

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      Nireekshan Babu 24 hours ago

      On par with teachers

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      Mamta 27 hours ago

      I m asking about what at scales in seventh pay commission for librarians cadre in universities.

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      Pooja 28 hours ago

      Api is their in the 7th pay commission. For librarian

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      Prof.Nireekshan Babu 34 hours ago

      API Score for Asst, Deputy Librarians are on par with the teaching staff. In AP & Telagana we are enjoying all the service benefits on par the teachers including superannuation. we struggled a lot, with all our efforts we catch the bus. Librarians are the teacher of the teachers, but they are suffering like any thing in every PRC. There is no sympathy for Librarians even from the library science depts. This is the fate .

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      mamta 2 days ago

      what is picture of API for deputy librarians in 7th pay commission.

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      pooja 2 days ago

      I m from delhi. I am working as Assistant librarian. In 7th pay commission API will be their.

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      NIREEKSHAN BABU 2 days ago

      University and college Librarians are Teaching, in AP and Telagana the university Librarian ,Deputy Librarian and Asst. Librarians are re designated as Professor, Associate Professor, Asst.Professor respectively. You are from which state?

      Nireekshan Babu

      P.S.Telugu University, Hyderabad

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      Pooja 2 days ago

      Expected pay scales of library care.

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      pooja 2 days ago

      anyone please tell me about

      librarian in academic status or not

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      Dr. Surya 2 days ago

      I don't think there will be any news soon. The government is always coming up with assurances just one day before any protest declared by the associations. The government maybe is waiting till the evaluations of the examinations are over, so that a situation like last year june is not repeater. Last year if all of you remember the DU teachers boycotted the evaluations on API and workload issue. after the evaluations are over the government may not even bother to give assurances as there will be no effect.

      To put it in simple words the longer the gap between the declaration of protest dates longer time the decision will take. This just my opinion based on my hunch.

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      Pooja 2 days ago

      What about librarian scales

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      Ram 3 days ago

      Cabinet meeting over but no news for UGC 7th CPC.

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      Dr. Surya 5 days ago

      any updates or informed as to when we can have a decision

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      crusador 11 days ago

      Fate of allowances due to Central govt. Employees is likely to be decided today as a meeting between the union leaders and senior government officials may result in the form of announcement of important decisions on HRA, TA, CEA etc..

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      crusador 2 weeks ago

      Not much is going to be changed in 7th pay commission implementation by UGC. Thousands of teachers have suffered due to API implementation from retrospective effect and without balancing the facts on the basis of availability of facilities for research(infrastructure, digital, lab etc.). Hence, good thing about the outcome of the meeting between AIFUCTO and HRD Minister is assurance on removal of API system. AGP has already been done away but it is not going to have any adverse effect on gross emoluments since 7th CPC has rationalized the scales already. Need of the hour is to press the UGC for rationalization of CAS criteria. Maintaining quality of education is fine and maintaining quality of research is also good thing. However, any sort of frustration among teachers for career enhancement will affect both the quality of research and education. Teachers are not supposed to conduct research themselves but they have to guide students for it in a conducive environment.

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      Dhananjaya M V 2 weeks ago

      We must keep building pressure. Thanks to AIFCTUO

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      Basala Babu Rao Guntur 2 weeks ago

      Good news Prof Mayya....thus AIFUCTO is straining every nerve for lacs of Higher Education teachers across the country. Let's all strengthen its hands.

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      Dr. Surya 2 weeks ago

      Thank you Mayyaji forkeeping us updated. Your efforts to keep us fellow teachers are really admirable.

      Dear friends,

      I am not sure if we get to hear something very soon (one month as the hounarable minister has assured)

      My request to AIFUCTO is if they could request the ministry to reveal the proposals related to policies on promotions, CAS and other non financial issues.

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      Mayya from Udupi 2 weeks ago

      Communication from AIFUCTO General Secretary


      Greetings from AIFUCTO.

      Today on 10th May,2017 ,Hon'ble Minister HRD Sri Prakash Javadekar invited AIFUCTO leadership for discussions on 7th UGC PRC Recomendations and other important issues.After 40 minutes long discussions on each and every issue with AIFUCTO ,the Minister clearly assured the delegation that the issue of Pay Scales is on fast track and in advance stage and he expressed hope that it would be finalised within one month.Hon'ble minister further said that after finalisation of the report ,it will be discussed with AIFUCTO.

      After meeting with minister, AIFUCTO secretariat met in Delhi and reviewed the situations after assurances of the Minister.In the light of Minister's request and assurances,AIFUCTO Secretariat unanimously decided to postpone the Dharna Programme on 15th May,before UGC in Delhi.

      Delegation includes Prof. Kesab Bhattacharya,Prof. Arun Kumar,Prof. D Kr, Prof. Jagwant Singh, Prof. Biswajit Bhuyan,Prof. Binayak Bhattacharya, Prof. Madhu Pranjape and Prof .B. Parthsarthy.

      Yours friendly,

      Arun Kumar,

      General Secretary,


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