Mega Diwali 7th Pay Commission bonanza for 7.5 lakh university teachers

Prakash Javadekar

"The measures proposed in the revised pay structure are expected to improve quality of higher education and also attract and retain talent", the government said in the release.

States will get the Centre's support and all the benefits will be paid from January 1, 2016.

In a major Diwali bonanza for over seven lakh university and college teachers, the government today announced that they will be getting the benefits of the Seventh Pay Commission.

Teachers in 119 centrally funded institutions such as the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) will also benefit. This revision would register an entry pay growth in the range of 22 per cent to 28 per cent.

According to Ministry sources, the salary of an assistant professor (entry level) of a university will be increased to Rs 57,700 per month from the current Rs 47,000 per month. 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 government said in a press release.

Similarly, Associate Professors will draw a salary of Rs 1,31,000, Professors Rs 1,44,000 and Senior Professors Rs 1,82000.

While the government has made a decision to hike the basic minimum pay beyond the 7th Pay Commission, there is not much clarity on the arrears. However, he said that the government is extending this benefit to teachers who forsake the lure of corporate sector to stay in government job guided by a sense of duty.

Javadekar said the central government will bear the additional burden of the states on account of revision of pay scales.

After many back and forth finally central government employees is likely to get pay hike of 17%.

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