The state government late on Saturday evening approved the 6th Pay Commission recommendations for higher education teachers. The state cabinet gave its nod to the pay revision approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

According to the decision, state universities and degree colleges will have revised scales as per the rules and regulations of UGC. The benefit will be given with effect from January 1, 2006. The decision came following threat by teachers to launch an agitation, which would have disturbed the annual examinations due to start in all state universities in March.

Teachers were agitated as the Election Commission is likely to issue notification for Lok Sabha elections on March 2, thereafter the government would have not been able to issue an order on pay hike, delaying the matter at least by 3-4 months. The fact was highlighted by the TOI on Saturday following which the government swung into action and the approval came in the evening.

The state government will have to bear only 20 per cent of the hike as UGC will pay 80 per cent of the amount. There are around 17,500 teachers in 12 state universities, 345 government-aided colleges and 125 government colleges in the state. Over 20 lakh students are enrolled in these institutions. “We welcome the move which has come at the right time,” said Moulindu Mishra, president, Lucknow University Associated Colleges Teachers’ Association.
In place of "Grade Pay" as applicable to Central Government employees, the term "Academic Grade Pay" (AGP) shall be used for the teachers and equivalent positions. Different Grade Pays of Rs 6000, Rs 7000, Rs 8000, Rs 9000, Rs 10,000 and Rs 12,000 have been approved as AGP for teachers and equivalent positions.

The Union Cabinet on Tuesday approved the revised pay scales for the teachers. Earlier, the UGC had set up a committee headed by Prof G K Chadha to suggest the revised pay package for the academics.

The announcement came as a relief to the academics who are on strike in various universities demanding early implementation of the Chadha committee report.

While the revision of pay scales will come into effect from January 1, 2006, the allowances (except DA) and advance increments etc would come into effect from September 1, 2008.
Source : Times of India Revised pay for higher education teachers okayed
Draft Regulation for UGC Notification on revision of Pay Scales.
The University Grants Commission had appointed an Expert Committee which has submitted the enclosed Draft Regulations for UGC notification on revision of pay scales, minimum qualifications for appointment of teachers in universities and colleges & other measures for the maintenance of standards, 2009. source