Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: The Central government today announced that 7.58 lakh teachers of universities and colleges across the country will soon get the benefits in line with the recommendations of the 7th pay commission.

Speaking at a press conference, Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister, Prakash Javadekar said that 7.58 lakh teachers will soon get the benefits of the seventh pay commission, effective from January 2016.

Assistant and Associate Professors of as many as 329 state universities along with 12,912 colleges will get the benefits along with the teachers of government-aided colleges. The revised pay package will also cover teachers of 119 Centrally Funded Technical Institutions like IITs, IISc, IIMs, IISERs, IIITs and NITIE, informed Javadekar.

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There has been an increase of 22% to 28% or Rs 10,000 to Rs 50,000, depending on the category.

Assistant Professors who are presently getting Rs 47,000 (at entry level) will now get Rs 57,700. 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 nearly Rs 80,000.

Similarly, Associate Professors will draw a salary of Rs 1,31,000, Professors Rs 1,44,000 and Senior Professors Rs 1,82000. The Vice Chancellors of universities across the country will now get Rs 2,25,000.

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The government will have to bear an extra burden of Rs 1,400 crore for the revised pay of teachers in Central Universities and IITs while it will have to shell out Rs 8,400 crore more for payment to teachers in state universities and colleges. In total, the annual Central financial liability on account of this measure would be about Rs 9,800 crore.

"With this decision, the government has done justice to the lakhs of teachers. We need to attract more talent into academics and so, we must give a good salary package to retain talent," said Javadekar.

For the state government-funded institutions, the revised pay scales will require adoption by the respective state governments. The Central government will bear the additional burden of the states on account of revision of pay scales.