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ICAR Scientists: Pay Package and Career Advancement
Pay scales for ICAR scientists are adapted from the University Grants Commission's (UGC) scales for teachers. These pay scales are reviewed by a select committee of ICAR members and recommended for implementation after minor changes in original UGC pay scales. In October 2017, the Union Cabinet (chaired by the PM) approved a pay increase of 22-28% in the salaries of university teachers. The pay revision of ICAR scientists was supposed to be implemented in early 2018.
In December 2017, the governing body of ICAR considered the revision of pay scales of ICAR scientists as per the recommendations of the 7th CPC Pay Review Committee of UGC/MHRD and approved the proposal.
The governing body considered the proposal to grant HAG scale to the ICAR scientists in line with UGC under MHRD. The governing body approved the adoption of HAG scale in ICAR for 20% of the strength of principal scientists, based on their performance, and all ADGs and directors of the institutes. Whoever earns HAG will continue to draw this grade even after the completion of his/her tenure as Director/ADG/DDG. However, providing this higher grade will require the approval of the Finance Ministry before implementation.
Important Features of ICAR Pay Scales
- It has only three designations for scientists: Scientist, Senior Scientist, and Principal Scientist.
- The term “Research Grade Pay” (RGP) shall be used in place of "Grade Pay" for the scientists.
- Different RPGs of Rs. 6000, Rs.7000, Rs. 8000, Rs.9000, and Rs.10000 have been approved for scientists.
- Five non-compoundable advance increments shall be given to a scientist for the degree of a Ph.D. obtained in a relevant discipline. At the entry level, scientists possessing M.Phil or postgraduate degrees such as M.Tech/M. Sc.(Ag)/M.V.Sc/M.F.Sc (with four years bachelor and two years masters programmes) shall be given two non-compounded advance increments.
- Those who acquire these degrees in a relevant discipline while being in service shall be allowed three non-compounded advance increments for Ph.Ds and one increment for M.Phil or postgraduate degree acquired in the relevant professional course.
- Those who have already received the benefit of advance increments as per existing policy for acquiring Ph.D./M. Phil during service or who have already received the benefit at the entry level for possessing these degrees would not be entitled to benefits under this scheme.
- The ICAR scientists holding veterinary qualifications (B.V.Sc./M.V. Sc.) would be paid a non-practicing allowance in accordance with MOF, Dept. of Expr. OM no. 7(19)/2008-E.III(A).
Revised Pay for Future Recruits:
- Sr. Scientists recruited directly per the revised qualifications (to be notified separately by ICAR) shall be placed in pay band Rs 37,000-67,000 + RGP of Rs 9,000.
- Sr. Scientists recruited per existing qualifications shall be placed first in pay band Rs 15,600-39,100 (with a minimum pay of Rs 22,320) + RGP of Rs 8,000. After completion of three years, they are to be placed in pay band Rs 37,400-67,000 with RGP of Rs 9,000.
- Principal Scientists/Project Coordinator or equivalents recruited directly under the revised qualifications (to be notified by ICAR) shall be placed in 37,400-67,000 (minimum Rs 43000) with RGP of Rs 10,000.
- Principal Scientists recruited on or after 1/1/2009 with existing qualifications will be placed in Rs 37,400-67,000 (minimum Rs 39690) with RGP 10,000.
Amendments Made in December 2017
The following amendments have been approved by the governing body in its meeting in December 2017.
1. Promotion from Scientist RGP Rs. 6000/- to Scientist Rs.7000/-: No change. Continue as per the existing system.
2. Promotion from Scientist (Sr. Scale) to Sr. Scientist (i.e. RGP Rs. 7000/- to Rs.8000/-): The top 90 percentile of scientists due for assessment in a particular year should be promoted subject to their securing 70% marks on the scorecard.
3. Promotion from Sr. Scientist (RGP 8000) to Sr. Scientist ( RGP Rs. 9000/-): The top 80 percentile of scientists due for assessment in a particular year should be promoted subject to their securing 70% marks on the scorecard.
4. Promotion from Sr. Scientist (RGP 9000) to Pr. Scientist ( RGP Rs. 10000/-): The top 70 percentile of scientists due for assessment in a particular year should be promoted subject to their securing 70% marks on the scorecard.
Career Advancement Scheme
This scheme became effective in January 2009. Since the scorecard system was implemented for career advancement, many deserving scientists have failed to score the minimum score due to their casual approach to the exam. It takes a lot of time and requires great attention to individual items since many items score very low (0.5 -2 marks/item). NAAS scoring is another important aspect for research papers. Hence, scientists need to publish their research papers in journals that have a good NAAS score.
Here is the eligibility to move from a lower RGP to a higher one:
- From RGP 6000-7000:
- four years for those possessing Ph.D.
- five years for those possessing M. Phil/M.V. Sc/M.Sc (Ag)/M.F. Sc/M. Tech
- six years for those neither having M. Phil nor Ph.D
- From RGP 7000-8000:
- five years in RGP of 7000
- From RGP 8000-9000:
- three years service in RGP of 8000
- From RGP of 9000 to 10000:
- Three years service in RGP of 9000 and must obtain a Ph.D.
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