Kerala State Government has decided to implement the revised payscale

The State Government has decided to implement the revised payscale recommended by the University Grants Commission (UGC) for college teachers from the March salary which will be distributed in April.The order to this effect was signed by Finance Minister T M Thomas Isaac on Wednesday. The package will be implemented with retrospective effect from January 1, 2006. However, the UGC pay package is being implemented without hiking the pension age.The issue of date of payment of the arrears will be decided later after the Central Government releases the additional assistance.

As per the Chadda Committee recommendation, the Central Government has to provide 80 percent assistance for the additional expenditure for four years till March 31, 2010 to implement the recommendations.This is for the first time in 13 years that the payscale of college teachers is being revised.The revised salaries will be two to three times higher than their present salary. The UGC pay panel has recommended the renaming of the post of lecturer as assistant professor.

The Chadda Committee for pay revision had also recommended multi-source assessment of teachers including self-assessment, assessment by students who have been taught a course by the teacher and assessment by academic heads. The committee had also asked the UGC to evolve parameters relevant to universities and colleges respectively for carrying out such evaluations throughout the country in a uniform manner.As per the recommendation, a teacher should spend at least five hours everyday for five days a week in the institution for teaching, holding tutorials, guiding research or carrying out co-curricular activities.