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7th Pay Commission: Pay hike announced for 7.5lakh college teachers
11 October 2017, 08:51 | Randall Craig
7th pay commission update: Minimum pay expected to be increased by 17%
"The decision will benefit 7.58 lakh teachers and equivalent academic staff in the 106 universities/Colleges, which are funded by the university grants commission (UGC)/Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD); 329 universities, which are funded by State Governments; and 12,912 Government and private aided colleges affiliated to State public universities", HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters after the Cabinet meeting.
States will get the Centre's support and all the benefits will be paid from January 1, 2016.
The minister said the faculty at central government's institutes and universities will get the benefit immediately but teachers at higher education institutions run by the states may have to wait a bit longer.
Varsity teachers will a hike a nearly 22-28%. The Assistant Professors in the upper grade, who are getting Rs 56,000, will now get Rs 68,000 while a Senior Assistant Professor will now get almost Rs 80,000. The annual Central financial liability on account of this measure would be about Rs. 9,800 crore. The Vice Chancellors of universities across the country will now get Rs 2,25,000.
The government had approved the recommendation of the 7th pay commission for the pay hike.
However, previous year the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission and the pay hike get allowance by the Union Cabinet for raising the minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 per month. "We need to attract more talent into academics and so, we must give a good salary package to retain talent", said Javadekar. The salaries of government employees will increase by 20 per cent after this decision.
For the higher education institutions funded by state governments, the revised pay scales will have to adoption by their respective state governments.
Last month, the HRD Ministry had approved implementation of the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) employees.