The government on Tuesday announced the revision of pay-scales of university teachers as a first step towards restoring the dignity and pride in being associated with the teaching profession.
Announcing this in the Lok Sabha, Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development D. Purandeswari, said the pay revision was only one of the steps required to improve the quality of higher education.
The Minister said henceforth there would be only three designations for university and college teachers – assistant professor, associate professor and professor.
Only those with a Ph.D would be appointed, promoted or designated as professor. But this provision would not be applicable to those already holding the designation.
For the first time, posts of professors will be introduced in both undergraduate and postgraduate colleges. The number of posts of professors in undergraduate colleges will be 10 per cent of the number of posts of associate professors.
In postgraduate colleges, there will be as many professorial posts as the number of departments.
The National Eligibility Test will be compulsory for appointment at the entry level of assistant professor for all those who do not have a Ph.D.
In place of grade pay as applicable to Central government employees, the term “Academic Grade Pay (AGP)” will be used for teachers and equivalent positions. Different AGPs of Rs. 6,000, Rs. 7,000, Rs. 8,000, Rs. 9,000, Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 12,000 have been approved for teachers and equivalent positions.
A Higher AGP (HAGP) of Rs. 6,000 has been recommended for all assistant professors at the entry level to make it more attractive compared to the entry level grade pay for the Civil Services and other professionals under the 6th Central Pay Commission. And, 10 per cent of the posts of professors in universities will be in HAGP of Rs. 12,000 with prescribed eligibility conditions.
Those working as a lecturer (selection grade) or a Reader will continue with the designation till they are selected as associate professors.
Parity between teachers and librarians/directors of physical education (DPE) will be maintained except for the age of superannuation which will continue to be 62 years for librarians/DPEs.
As is the practice, the Centre will pick up 80 per cent of the additional expenditure that States will have to bear on account of the pay revision. But this will be applicable only to those administrations which accept the entire pay revision scheme.