New Delhi: It was a Diwali bonanza for nearly 7.58 lakh teachers employed in the Indian Universities, when Union HRD Minister, Prakash Javadekar announced the extension of the benefits of 7th Pay Commission to include a substantial increase in salary for college and university teachers.
This comes after the implementation of the Commission for government servants.
The decision will benefit 7.58 lakh teachers and equivalent academic staff in the 106 universities and colleges funded by the UGC and the HRD ministry; 329 universities funded by State governments and 12,912 government and private aided colleges affiliated to state public universities.
The pay scales will be applicable from January 1, 2016.
In addition, the revised pay package will cover teachers of 119 centrally funded technical institutions — IITs, IISc, IIMs, IISERs, IIITs and NITIE.
For the state government-funded institutions, the hike in pay scales will require adoption by the respective state governments. The central government will bear an additional burden of the States on account of revision of pay scales.
Meanwhile, the Delhi University Teacher’s Association (DUTA) has demanded immediate approval of the pay revision of the non-teaching employees of the Universities and the colleges.