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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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      Dr. S Mayya from Mahatma Gandhi Memorial College, Udupi-02 7 hours ago

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      Dr. Surya 5 days ago

      I am not sure of that news is true.

      as far as i know Universities have sent the budgets to the government at least in the case of central universities.It seems the budgets also include the impact. anyways all we can do is to wait given the state of affairs where the unions are not so assertive.

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      Gopal misra 5 days ago

      From top sources, it is heard that our pay revision could only be implemented next financial year as there is no allocation this year.Since the govt has to give allowances from july 2017 on wards, the exchequer is not feasible to withstand ugc pay revision impact.

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      Kumaraswamy 5 days ago

      If at all, it is only the teacher who has to be paid high and first. Central govt employees are getting salaries before the one who taught them. It is the teacher who maintains the perpetuity of society by driving it on the wheel of education. If teachers are treated like this...imagine the future...

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      Dr. Surya 5 days ago

      The news reports suggest that decision on allowances will be taken on 28th june. I hope ugc report approval is also on the agenda. does anyone have any information on this.

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      prof.Diwedi 5 days ago

      One year and two weeks since our pay commission constituted.Its the first time in history that a pay commission report has been kept in a cold storage.I dont understand what the government is thinking of doing such practice.After all we are also part of the machinery.Secondly regarding our organizations.How feeble and helpless are they?If they cant do anything at least publishing the report,how can we stand behind them?what is the use of them?

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      Anonymous 6 days ago

      19-06-2017

      AIFUCTO appeal to University & College teachers of India

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      Friends, AIFUCTO successfully concluded the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting between June 17 and 18, 2017 hosted by BUCTU to commemorate its Golden Jubilee (1966 – 2016)in the auditorium of Green Technology Building, Kalina Campus, Bombay University. The NEC meeting on Sunday June 18, 2017 was preceded by a one day National Symposium on: “Towards Formulation of an Alternative Democratic & Secular Education Policy”. AIFUCTO President Prof Keshab Bhattacharya and General Secretary Prof Arun Kumar apprised the members about the developments that took place in the last few months. Prof Arun Kumar expressed his anguish at the way the central government is pushing Indian higher education towards privatisation and corporatisation, ridding itself of all social and financial commitment towards promoting higher education . The sinister designs are sought to be legitimised through such actions like doing away with long established institutions such as UGC and AICTE and replacing them by such bodies like HEFA(Higher Education Funding Agency) and HEERA(Higher Education Empowerment Regulatory Authority). The proposal for graded autonomy for university and colleges and categorisation of universities into 1, 2 and 3 is another dangerous move to create divisions among the ranks of the teachers and make easy the path of privatisation of higher education. In this way the government is trying to ease the burden of financial responsibility, a move already initiated through drastic cuts in budget allocation in education. Making, NET, SET or BET compulsory for pursuing Ph.D would indefinitely hurt the cause of academics as many deserving candidates who could not qualify in these examinations for many reasons would be deprived. This move is an attempt to thwart the march of higher education and research among a very large section of the educated Indians.

      The issue of prolonged delay in the publication of recommendations of Seventh UGC Pay Review Committee and other long pending demands also came up in a big way in the NEC meeting. College and university teachers across the country feel betrayed at the prolonged delay as well the Minister’s recorded assurances to be finalised within a month’s time. The issues of Pay scale & service conditions for Adhoc/Temporary/Part time/Guest lecturers along with teachers working in different self finance courses in colleges and universities across the country had been thoroughly discussed .NEC of AIFUCTO unanimously resolved to go for direct action against central government’s apathetic attitude towards teachers and higher education at large. AIFUCTO resolved state level conventions on 12 July, 2017 to observe”Justice Day”(न्याय दिवस) for sensitizing the issues among teachers across the country .It also called for a massive march and rally at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on 24th July, 2017.

      AIFUCTO appeals all its affiliates, members , teachers & sympathisers to make the agitation programme a grand success in a bid to save public funded education system of the country.

      Prof. Kesab Bhattacharaya Prof. Arun Kumar

      President General Secretary

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      Kumaraswamy 6 days ago

      I do not know what our leaders are doing...

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      Mayya 7 days ago

      *AIFUCTO appeal to University & College teachers of India*

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      Friends, AIFUCTO successfully concluded the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting between June 17 and 18, 2017 hosted by BUCTU to commemorate its Golden Jubilee (1966 – 2016)in the auditorium of Green Technology Building, Kalina Campus, Bombay University. The NEC meeting on Sunday June 18, 2017 was preceded by a one day National Symposium on: “Towards Formulation of an Alternative Democratic & Secular Education Policy”. AIFUCTO President Prof Keshab Bhattacharya and General Secretary Prof Arun Kumar apprised the members about the developments that took place in the last few months. Prof Arun Kumar expressed his anguish at the way the central government is pushing Indian higher education towards privatisation and corporatisation, ridding itself of all social and financial commitment towards promoting higher education . The sinister designs are sought to be legitimised through such actions like doing away with long established institutions such as UGC and AICTE and replacing them by such bodies like HEFA(Higher Education Funding Agency) and HEERA(Higher Education Empowerment Regulatory Authority). The proposal for graded autonomy for university and colleges and categorisation of universities into 1, 2 and 3 is another dangerous move to create divisions among the ranks of the teachers and make easy the path of privatisation of higher education. In this way the government is trying to ease the burden of financial responsibility, a move already initiated through drastic cuts in budget allocation in education. Making, NET, SET or BET compulsory for pursuing Ph.D would indefinitely hurt the cause of academics as many deserving candidates who could not qualify in these examinations for many reasons would be deprived. This move is an attempt to thwart the march of higher education and research among a very large section of the educated Indians.

      The issue of prolonged delay in the publication of recommendations of Seventh UGC Pay Review Committee and other long pending demands also came up in a big way in the NEC meeting. College and university teachers across the country feel betrayed at the prolonged delay as well the Minister’s recorded assurances to be finalised within a month’s time. The issues of Pay scale & service conditions for Adhoc/Temporary/Part time/Guest lecturers along with teachers working in different self finance courses in colleges and universities across the country had been thoroughly discussed .NEC of AIFUCTO unanimously resolved to go for direct action against central government’s apathetic attitude towards teachers and higher education at large. AIFUCTO resolved state level conventions on 12 July, 2017 to sensitize the issues among teachers across the country .It also called for a massive march and rally at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on 24th July, 2017.

      AIFUCTO appeals all its affiliates, members , teachers & sympathisers to make the agitation programme a grand success in a bid to save public funded education system of the country.

      Prof. Kesab Bhattacharya

      President Prof. Arun Kumar

      General Secretary

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      Babu Rao Basala 7 days ago

      Most honored HRD minister and Ministry Officials..pay attention to our genuine demand, no more unwarranted silence, further delay in announcing revised pay scales, shall have considerable bad impact on higher education in future. Let HRD ministry get the revised scales item, incorporated in next cabinet Agenda and get its approval by 30th June.

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      gopal misra 10 days ago

      indefinite national strike of college teachers is the solution.paper work or talk wont do anything.i think our leaders are influenced.let them call for indefinite strike

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      Mayya from Manipal- Udupi 12 days ago

      PRESS RELEASE

      13th june,2017,New Delhi;

      A month has elapsed since AIFUCTO delegation met Hon’able HRD Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar. Despite his assurances that the recommendations of the 7th UGC Pay Review Committee is on fast track and also under serious considerations, would be out in a month’s time, there is no such indication or communication from the Ministry or Central Government on the same. Six lakhs College and University teachers across the country feel betrayed at the prolonged delay on the assurances given to AIFUCTO delegation on 10th May,2017. In two letters sent to the Minister on 31st May & 12th June, 2017 ,requesting him again to look into the matter and informed him about the forthcoming NEC in Bombay, scheduled on June 18, 2017.AIFUCTO President Prof. Kesab Bhattachrya and General Secretary Prof. Arun Kumar, in a press statement issued here said that University & college teachers of the country are now being compelled to launch a countrywide agitation for fulfilling their long standing and rightful demand. The pathetic attitude of the government is an insult to the dignity of the teachers who are instrumental in shaping the future citizens of India.

      Prof. Bhattacharya and Prof. Kumar expressed resentment on laziness and irresponsible attitude of the HRD Ministry and once again requested the Govt. to expedite the publication and implementation of the 7th UGC PRC recommendations as assured to AIFUCTO. They said that 7th CPC was much earlier implemented for Central employees and many state governments have hence forth started implementing the same for their employees .Only the university and college teachers have been left out. Teachers’ Representatives from almost all state universities of the country will participate in AIFUCTO’s proposed NEC meeting on 18th June, to be held in Kalina campus in Mumbai. They will review the whole situations and will certainly decide future course of actions, including the higher forms of agitations for fitting reply to the pathetic attitude of the Govt.

      AIFUCTO notes with deep concern that the central government is going to constitute a new regulatory authority HEERA (Higher Education Empowerment Regulatory Authority), much in the same way like the NITI Ayog. This body will replace the UGC and AICTE. The entire efforts is undemocratic and there is total lack of transparency. AIFUCTO sees behind the move .there is intension towards complete centralization and bureaucratisation of higher education by completely taking over the reins of the HRD. MHRD must discuss all the issues thoroughly with stake holders also in parliament before such legislation and should not go ahead with authoritarian attitude.

      The proposal for graded autonomy for university and colleges and categorisation of universities into 1, 2 and 3, is another dangerous move to create division among the ranks of the teachers and make easier the path of privatisation of higher education. In this way the government is trying to ease the burden of financial responsibility, a move already initiated through drastic cuts in budget allocation of education. It is certainly the heinous attempt to make easy entry of corporate sectors & Private investors in the field of education only for profits. This step of the Govt. is clearly for dismantling the total public funded education in near future. Making NET, SLET or BET compulsory for pursuing Ph.D would indefinitely hurt the cause of academics as many deserving candidates who could not qualify in these examinations for many reasons would be deprived. This move is an attempt to thwart the march of higher education and research among a very large section of the educated Indians.

      AIFUCTO strongly denounces such anti people, anti-teacher, anti-students move by MHRD. AIFUCTO opposes the clandestine attempt of MHRD and central government to throttle higher education. It earnestly appeals to central government to abandon such heinous design or move towards dismantling such established institutions like UGC and AICTE. MHRD must initiate dialogue with stake holders including AIFUCTO before taking such drastic decision.

      Prof. Kesab Bhattacharya Prof. Arun Kumar

      President General Secretary

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      Ram 13 days ago

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      Dr. Surya 13 days ago

      The govenmet disappoints the teachers again today.No decision was taken in the cabinet meeting.I am not sure if it was even a part of the agenda. It seems nothing is going to happen till the teachers stage a very strong protest.

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      Dr.Surya 13 days ago

      I Hope the government will take it up in today's cabinet meet along with the issue of higher allowances.

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      Ram 2 weeks ago

      It seems that both UGC and MHRD are in dead hands.

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      Anonymous 2 weeks ago

      Dear friends if you visit page 93 of 7 PRC report u will find AGP 7600 common to both PB 3 & 4 so in that way assistant professor of AGP 8000 has lost a lot of money where as on same AGP military people got more . everybody body discussing about AGP of 8900 getting higher than 9000 but nobody checked facts for Assistant professor

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      Prof.Saravanan Balaji 2 weeks ago

      I request all the faculty members Unity is a powerful weapen.Donot heart the organisation members. They tried their level best to make publish UGC seventh pay report .But the Central Government need not consider our feeling.This is 100 percent delay of UGC and MHRD

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      Dr. Sudip 2 weeks ago

      I am feeling a kind of UNWANTED by the Government at all stages. As if we should not ask for any thing and only serve the nation by all means. After all we also have something to answer to our family and now by this behavior of Government I personally would never encourage any one to come to this profession (if it is a profession at all). If our Government don't respect us can we expect any thing of similar kind from others !!

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