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ICAR Scientists: Pay Package & Career Advancement
Pay scales for ICAR Scientists are adaptions from UGC scales for teachers and these pay scales are reviewed by a select committee of ICAR and recommended for implementation after minor changes in original UGC pay scales. Union Cabinet chaired by PM has approved on October 11, 2017, a pay increase of 22-28% in the salaries of university teachers. Pay revision of ICAR Scientists may take 2-3 months and supposed to be implemented in early 2018.
As per the reports appearing in the media, the revised pay scales for the teaching staff will be implemented from January 1, 2016 and it will enhance the teachers' pay in the range of Rs. 10,400 and Rs. 49,800. Approved pay package would be applicable from January 1, 2016 and pay of an Assit. Professor would jump by 10,396 with a GP of 6000 while that of an Assoc. Professor by Rs. 24000.
Approved pay package is similar to what was leaked few months back to media and a snapshot of same is available below in the blog "Commentary on...recommendations". Pay hike is as follows.
1. Assistant Professor (GP 6000): Rs. 10396/-
2. Assistant Professor (GP 7000):Rs. 12420/-
3.Associate Professor (GP 9000):Rs. 23652/-
4. Professor (GP 10000): Rs. 28130/-
5. Vice Chancellor : Rs. 49800/-
Note: Great similarities exists between ICAR and UGC scales except few differences in terminology. ''Assistant Professor" is "Scientist", Associate professor as per UGC scales is Associate professor whether he possess Ph.D. or not but an ICAR Scientist with Ph.D. is Senior Scientist and without Ph.D. an ICAR Scientist is 'Scientist' only.
Salient features of ICAR pay scales:
- Only three designations in respect of Scientists, namely, Scientist, Senior Scientist and Principal Scientist.
- The term “Research Grade Pay” (RGP) shall be used in place of "Grade Pay" for the Scientists.
- Different RGP's of Rs. 6000, Rs.7000, Rs. 8000, Rs.9000, and Rs.10000 have been approved as RGP for Scientists.
- Five non-compoundable advance increments shall be given at entry as Scientist on or after 1.9.2008 for the degree of Ph.D. obtained in the relevant discipline. At entry level, Scientists possessing M.Phil or post graduate degrees such as M.Tech/M. Sc.(Ag)/M.V.Sc/M.F.Sc (with 4 years bachelor and 2 years Masters programmes shall be given 2 non-compounded advance increments.
- Those who acquire these degrees in the relevant discipline while being in service shall be allowed three non-compounded advance increments for Ph.Ds and one increment for M.Phil or post graduate degree acquired in the relevant professional course.
- Those who have already availed the benefit of advance increments as per existing policy for acquiring Ph.D./M. Phil during service or who have availed benefit at entry level for possessing these degrees would not be entitled to benefits under this scheme.
- While the revision of pay will take effect from 1.1.2006, the allowances (except DA) and advance increments etc. shall take effect from 1.9.2008.Revised rate of travelling allowance shall be applicable from the date of notification.
- The ICAR Scientists holding veterinary qualifications (B.V.Sc./M.V. Sc.) would be paid non-practicing allowance in accordance with MOF, Dept. of Expr. OM no. 7(19)/2008-E.III(A) dated 30.2.2008.
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Revised ICAR pay scales
Pay Fixation of ICAR Scientists:
Pay in the revised scales is to be fixed as per provisions of CCS (RP) Rules, 2008.
In absence of Fitment tables, the following guidelines are to be followed:
i) Pay of Scientists in 8000-13500 scale to be provisionally fixed in PB III as per Fitment Table S-17 dated 30.8. 2008 (though GP is not mentioned by ICAR notification here but it has to be replaced by RGP)
ii) Pay of Scientists in 8000-13500 scale to be fixed provisionally in PB III as per Fitment Table S-19 dated 30.8. 2008 (though GP is not mentioned by ICAR notification here but it has to be replaced by RGP)
iii) Pay of Scientists in 12000-18300 scale or above to be fixed provisionally as follows:
a) The pay in Pay Band/Scale may be determined by multiplying the existing basic pay as on 1.1.2006 by a factor of 1.86 and rounding off the resultant figure to the next multiple of 10
b) If the minimum of the revised Pay band/scale is more than the amount arrived at as per (a) above the pay shall be fixed at the minimum of the revised Pay Band/Pay Scale
After release of Fitment tables, actual amount of arrears for scientists placed in PB IV may be more than that fixed in the above manner, if it happens so, the excess amount will be paid on receipt of Fitment Tables.
Career advancement scheme:
This scheme is effective from 1.1.2009. Since score card system has been implemented for career advancement, it has been observed that many deserving Scientists fail to score the minimum score due to their casual approach in filling the prescribed proforma. It takes lot of time and requires great attention to individual items since many items score very low score (0.5 -2 marks/item). NAAS scoring is another important aspect for research papers. Hence, scientists need to publish their research papers in journals having good NAAS score.
Eligibility to move from lower RGP to higher RGP:
1. From RGP 6000 to 7000:
a) 4 years for those possessing Ph.D.
b) 5 years for those possessing M. Phil/M.V. Sc/M.Sc (Ag)/M.F. Sc/M. Tech
c) 6 years for those neither having M. Phil nor Ph.D
2. From RGP 7000 to 8000:
5 years in RGP of 7000
3. From RGP 8000-9000:
Three years service in RGP of 8000
4. From RGP of 9000 to 10000:
Three years service in RGP of 9000 and after acquiring Ph.D.
Revised Pay of future recruits:
Sr. Scientists recruited directly as per revised qualifications (to be notified separately by ICAR) shall be placed in pay band Rs 37000-67000 + RGP of Rs 9000.
Sr. Scientists recruited as per existing qualifications shall be placed first in Pay band Rs 15600-39100 (with a minimum pay of Rs 22320) + RGP of Rs 8000 and after completion of 3 years to be placed in Pay band Rs 37400-67000 with RGP of Rs 9000
Principal Scientists/Project Coordinator or equivalents, recruited directly with revised qualification, to be notified by ICAR, shall be placed in 37400-67000 (Minimum Rs 43000) with RGP of Rs 10000.
Principal Scientists recruited on or after 1.1.09 with existing qualifications will be placed in Rs 37400-67000 (Minimum Rs 39690)with RGP 10000 ,
Note: All revised incentives for Ph.D. and M. Phil after 1.9.2008 and revised CAS will be effective from 1.1.2009
To help scientists, Senior Research fellows (SRF) and Research Associates are hired by ICAR. Following rates were applicable between 01-04-2007 and 31-03-2010
Senior Research Fellow:
1. Post Graduate in subjects other than Veterinary Science: Emoluments: Rs. 12000/- per month for 1st & 2nd year; Rs. 14000/- per month for 3rd year
2. Post Graduate in subjects other than Veterinary Science: Emoluments: Rs. 14000/- per month for 1st & 2nd year; Rs. 15000/- per month for 3rd year
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1. Post graduates: Rs 17000/-per month
2. Doctorates: Rs 18000/-per month
Above rates has been revised w.e.f. 01.04.2010 and currently applicable rates are as follows:
Senior Research Fellow:
1. Post Graduate in subjects other than Veterinary Science: Emoluments: Rs. 16000/- per month for 1st & 2nd year; Rs. 18000/- per month for 3rd year
2. Post Graduate in subjects other than Veterinary Science: Emoluments: Rs. 18000/- per month for 1st & 2nd year; Rs. 20000/- per month for 3rd year
3. Post graduates: Rs 23000/-per month
4. Doctorates: Rs 24000/-per month
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