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Diwali gift! 7th pay scale for professors

| | New Delhi

In a Diwali gift of sorts, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the revision of pay scales for over 7.50 lakh teachers and other equivalent academic staff of central universities by implementing the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission.

For its part, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved two new Rs 6,655-crore Skill Development projects — Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion (SANKALP) and Skill Strengthening for Industrial Value Enhancement (STRIVE).

“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 Government and private-aided colleges affiliated to State public universities.

In addition, the revised pay package will cover teachers of 119 Centrally Funded Technical Institutions like IITs, IISc, IIMs, IISERs, IIITs, NITIE etc,” said HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, briefing the decisions of the Cabinet meeting.

The approved pay scales will be applicable from January 1, 2016. The annual Central financial liability on account of this measure will be about Rs 9,800 crore. He said the hike would be anywhere between Rs 10,000 and Rs 50,000.

As for the Skill Development projects, SANKALP is a Rs 4,455-crore Centrally sponsored scheme, including Rs 3,300 crore loan support from World Bank, whereas STRIVE is a Rs 2,200 crore - central sector scheme, with half of the scheme outlay as World bank loan assistance.

Under the two schemes, national bodies for accreditation and certification will be set up to regulate accreditation and certification in both long and short term Vocational Education and Training (VET). Both are outcome-focused schemes marking a shift in Government’s implementation strategy in vocational education and training from inputs to results. 



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