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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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      Ram 5 hours ago

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

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      Dr. Surya 42 hours ago

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

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      crusador 8 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 12 days 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 13 days ago

      We must keep building pressure. Thanks to AIFCTUO

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      Basala Babu Rao Guntur 13 days 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

      Friends,

      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,

      AIFUCTO

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      prabhu 2 weeks ago

      Waiting is patient for us because the government has to take decision when does make public of 7th pay.

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      Basala Babu Rao Guntur 2 weeks ago

      The informative 4th point, the outcome of ABRSM meeting, hopefully applicable to all , who are in UGC scale both in universities and colleges across the country

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      Basala Babu Rao Guntur 2 weeks ago

      Dr Mayya..good news from you, let's hope UGC2016 revised scales shall be approved in next central cabinet meeting and announced, to the much delight of Higher Education teaching fraternity across the country.

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      Mayya from Udupi 2 weeks ago

      Akhil Bhartiya Rashtriya Shaikshik Mahasangh (ABRSM) - News

      A four member ABRSM delegation has today (4 April) met honorable minister of HRD Sh. Prakash Javadekar ji.

      The meeting was held in a very cordial atmosphere.

      The following points are almost decided.....of course in the longer interest of the teaching community....but we have to wait till these are formally announced by the government....

      1. The 7th pay review committee report shall be placed in the cabinet meeting and is going to be announced very soon.

      2. The anomalies of the 6th pay review committee have been almost removed and whatever left over is found shall also be eliminated. The anomalies comprise of both financial and academic anomalies.

      3. The pre-2004 pension scheme (Old pension scheme) shall be at least revived to ensure the mobility / portability of faculty in between different universities / colleges. The ministry will give a very serious relook over this issue. ABRSM is very vigorously pushing this point.

      4. Age of superannuation shall be 65 across all universities in India.

      5. No ad-hoc / contractualization of vacancies any more. The ministry is very very particular about this aspect. They are planning a robust mechanism to practically ensure filling up of 4000 vacancies within a stipulated time interval of next one year in DU.

      6. We got a definite positive hint that retrospective implementation of API-PBAS model is going to be scrapped. Off the record we are all listening that API-PBAS has been scrapped from the 7th pay package, but that is for the future. What we deliberated today again is the stake of thousands of teachers who are stuck up without getting a single promotion during last many years. This development is a clear sign of changing perceptions with in the ministry.

      7. As Principals are integral part of ABRSM, we have been successful in convincing the ministry officials that the Principals after having been appointed for 5 / 10 years (peer review), they go back as Associate Professor with in the college as their appointment is not on lien. The ministry has agreed to appoint Principals on lien so that they will preserve their benefits after completing their tenures.

      8. The course work for doing Ph. D by the permanent teachers will also be covered within the tenure of the study leave.

      9. One major boost against the exploitation of teachers both at school and college levels (aided institutions) is the fact that government has agreed to initiate a Direct debit Transfer Facility (DDTF) from their accounts to transfer full amount of salary to the teacher's accounts. The "cashback" implemented by these institutions shall be definitely curbed.

      10. The ABRSM delegation has very strongly raised the issue of counting of past service. The ad-hoc teachers who have been working for a long time span are clearly at loss. The DU earlier used to accept this, but now it has been scrapped. The ministry has asked us to give a detailed rationale in support of this point which we shall do. Let us hope for the best if this demand is also accepted for all teachers of this country.

      11. Parity of librarians, sports teachers, system analysts and other similar cadre employees has been raised. It was pointed out by the ministry that these employees are NOT directly involved in class room teaching to which we have said that they are never involved into these activities, so denying them their benefits for NO fault of theirs is not correct. The ministry has assured us to relook this issue as well.

      12. Besides these, several issues relating to education policy have also been discussed, most of which have been accepted.

      Thanks & regards

      Prof. Jagdish Singhal

      General Secretary

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      Dr Rawat 2 weeks ago

      Prof Babu Rao' earnest appeal shall not reach dumb beaurocrates/politicians. Though your positive out-look is laudable, it will not work in present Govt. Hardliners of various Teacher Unions'-leaders come closer for launching a national crusade. Patience is exhausted. 2016 Jan is drifting far away into deep sea.

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      dr.gopi 2 weeks ago

      i think the leaders might be bribed

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      Basala Babu Rao Guntur 3 weeks ago

      Yea.. Dr Surya, it is time the HRD should prove its concern for Higher Edn. We are compelled to conclude that Higher Education Faculty is a neglected lot, since the genuine 2016 revised scales file is about to put in cold storage. The delaying tactics would weaken the morale of Higher Edn Faculty across the country. Let's hope immediate wisdom dawns on officials concern and central cabinet at-once would announce our rightful revised 2016 UGC scales.

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      Dr.Surya 3 weeks ago

      The same gamer strategy adopted by the government. Committee was constituted just one day before the agitation was scheduled and again a lull continues. It is highly unlikely that any further development will take place till the date of the next agitation nears. These are either delaying tactics adopted by the government or as usual teachers do not figure high on the priority list. It is high time that the teachers bodies should keep pushing (relentlessly) for the early implementation. once we calm down the issue of 7th pay will again be put on a back burner.

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      siva kumar 3 weeks ago

      Leaders are nothing but feeling leaders with out doing any thing. In the given below cite, in the letter mentioned that there is a meeting on 24th April. what happened to it.

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      SK 4 weeks ago

      Wait till 2019 for 7 th pay commission. Wait till election !!!!!!!!!

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      Dr. Sureshramana Mayya from Mahatma Gandhi Memorial College, Udupi, Karnataka 5 weeks ago

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      SK 5 weeks ago

      http://profit.ndtv.com/news/tax/article-7th-pay-co...

      The views of allowance committee, which is examining 7th Pay Commission recommendations, are not yet known, a top employee union official said. The panel could submit its report in five to six days, he added. Hopes were high that the allowance committee on 7th Pay Commission may submit its report to the government this week. The allowance committee had held a meeting in this regard on April 6 which some employee union officials termed as "conclusive". The 7th pay commission had examined a total of 196 existing allowances and recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming of 37 allowances.

      The 7th Pay Commission had recommended that house rent allowance or HRA be paid at the rate of 24 per cent, 16 per cent and 8 per cent of the new basic pay, depending on the type of city. The 7th Pay Commission had also recommended that the rate of HRA be revised to 27 per cent, 18 per cent and 9 per cent when DA crosses 50 per cent, and further revised to 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent when DA crosses 100 per cent. With regard to allowances, employee unions have demanded HRA at the rate of 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent.

      At a previous meeting held on March 28, the allowance committee on 7th Pay Commission recommendations had sought comments from the ministries of defence, railways and posts on treatment of some allowances.

      The government had earlier said that that the decision on allowances will be taken after the committee on 7th Pay Commission submits its report. The government had in June accepted the recommendation of Justice AK Mathur-headed Seventh Pay Commission in respect of the hike in basic pay and pension. But the 7th Pay Commission's recommendations relating to allowances were referred to the Ashok Lavasa committee.

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