A total of 7.58 lakh teachers and equivalent academic staff in 106 universities/colleges funded by the UGC/ Ministry of Human Resource Development, 329 universities funded by state governments, and 12,912 government-and private-aided colleges affiliated to state public universities, will benefit from this move.
Besides, the revised pay package will cover teachers of 119 Centrally-funded technical institutions including IITs, IISc, Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), Indian Institutes of Science and Research (IISERs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), he added.
The revised pay scales, approved by the Cabinet, will be applicable from January 1, 2016.
The Union cabinet on Wednesday cleared revised pay scales for almost eight lakh teachers and academic staff of higher educational institutions following the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission.
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The approval has come following implementation of the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission for Central Government employees.
Union HRD Minister also said that steps are taken so that the new pay scale is implemented for assistant and associate professors as soon as possible and the arrears is also disbursed quickly. The additional financial burden incurred by the state governments in implementing the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission for teachers will be borne by the Central government.
While at first the government was thinking of giving arrears, the change in decision was prompted after the April-June GDP growth slipped to a three-year low of 5.7 percent.
For state government funded institutions, the revised pay scales will require adoption by the respective state governments. "We must attract talent into academics", said Javadekar. And since then the central government employees were demanding to raise minimum pay from Rs 18, 000 to 26,000.