7th Pay Commission: Principals in Some Maharashtra Colleges to be Paid Less Than Professors, Here's Why
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New Delhi, May 14: Principals in some state colleges of Maharashtra will be paid less than the professors in their respective institutes, as per the amended 7th Pay Commission guidelines. The State Higher Education Department order on roll-out of 7th CPC has irked a part of the academia, as it considers principals of undergraduate colleges at par with associate professors.

The contentious rules prevent a raise in the principal's salary beyond what is being paid to the associate professor in UG colleges. As per the new rules, if a college is offering "unaided" postgraduate courses, they would be bracketed under the UG group. Pensioners in Madhya Pradesh to Get Increased Dearness Allowance From May 2019

Meanwhile, the principal of a post-graduate college would not be paid more than the professor of the respective institute, the guidelines state.

The new rules also bar promotion of teachers when they meet eligibility levels, as per reports. Instead, promotion will be based on selection under state's career advancement scheme.

The guidelines are expected to hit scores of teachers and principals across Maharashtra. A Mumbai University office-bearer, while speaking to reporters, said there are close to 200 PG colleges affiliated to the varsity which offer only "unaided" post-graduation courses. As per the new norms, salaries of principal in the respective institutes will be scaled in accordance to that of an associate professor.

University teachers across Maharashtra are planning a signature campaign to highlight their dissent and press upon the Devendra Fadnavis government to annul the new seventh pay commission guidelines moved by the State Higher Education Department.