New Delhi, Oct 11: The Union Cabinet has approved the revision of pay scales of around 8 lakh teachers of centrally-funded educational institutions in accordance with the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission. Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar announced that the benefits of the 7th Pay Commission will be extended to all centrally-funded deemed universities and 43 central universities.

The decision will benefit 7.58 lakh teachers and equivalent academic staff in the 106 Universities / Colleges which are funded by the UGC/MHRD and also 329 Universities which are funded by State Governments and 12,912 Govt. and private aided colleges affiliated to State Public Universities.

According to a government press release, the revised pay package will cover teachers of 119 Centrally Funded Technical Institutions like IITs, IISc, IIMs, IISERs, IIITs, NITIE. etc.

The approved pay scales would be applicable from 1.1.2016. The annual Central financial liability on account of this measure would be about Rs. 9,800 crore.

The implementation of this pay revision will enhance the teachers’ pay in the range of Rs. 10,400 and Rs. 49,800 as against the extent entry pay due to the implementation of the 6th Central Pay Commission for the pay of teachers. This revision would register an entry pay growth in the range of 22% to 28 %.

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