Nearly 7.58 lakh teachers in central and state universities will now get a pay hike. Education Minister Prakash Javadekar announced on Wednesday the clearance of the Union Cabinet in this regard.
Why was the decision to hike salary for teachers taken?
Javadekar said the decision was an attempt to do justice to faculty members at the country's higher education institutions and attract good talent.
What is the hike percentage?
He said the pay hike cleared by the cabinet was in the range of 22 to 28 per cent, depending on the seniority of the faculty members. In monetary terms, teachers can expect their salary to go up by anything between Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 50,000.
When will the hike be implemented?
The new salaries will be effective 1 January 2016, similar to the pay hikes central government employees had received on the recommendation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission.
Number of beneficiaries
The announcement will benefit the faculty at 43 central universities, 329 state universities, besides 12,912 government and private aided colleges affiliated to state universities.
The revised pay package will also be extended to teachers at 119 centrally-funded technical institutions such as Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Indian Institute of Science (IISc), National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) and IIITs.
Hike might delay for state-run institutes
The minister said the faculty at central government's institutes and universities will get the benefit immediately but teachers at higher education institutions run by the states may have to wait a bit longer.
"For the State government-funded institutions, the revised pay scales will require adoption by the respective State Governments," said a statement from the centre.