New scale perks up engineering teachers' pay

With retrospective effect from January 1, 2006

In its order issued last week, the government notified the revised pay scales for teachers, librarians, and physical education personnel of government, aided, and university constituent engineering colleges with immediate effect.

At the lower end, an assistant professor stands to get a basic pay of at least Rs 21,600, while at the upper end, a professor would get around Rs 59,000.

The notification comes after engineering teachers threatened to boycott evaluation of answer scripts in February. Succumbing to the pressure, the State government had announced that it would notify the revised pay scales soon.

The pay scales have been notified as per the recommendations of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). Under the new pay scale, an assistant professor will upgrade himself from a pay scale of Rs 8000-13,500 to Rs 15,600-39,100. Associate professors, professors, and principals will be in the payband of Rs 37,400-67,000.

The new AICTE rules also specify that no one shall be designated professor unless he or she possesses a PhD. However, this will not affect those who are already serving as professors.

The ratio of professors to associate professors to assistant professors in an Under Graduate College shall be in the ratio, ordinarily 1:2:6. The ratio of professors to associate professors and or assistant professors in a Post Graduate College shall be in the ratio ordinarily of 1:2.

Under the new rules, the universities and colleges must adopt at least 180 working days, i.e., there should be a minimum of 30 weeks of actual teaching with a 6-day week. The revised AICTE pay scales will be effective from January 1, 2006.

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