The Cabinet gave its nod for revision of pay scales of around 8 lakh teachers and other equivalent academic staff, based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission for Central Government employees.

The revision in pay scale will increase the salary of teachers in the range of ₹10,400 to ₹49,800. With the aim to improve the quality of education and retain the talent there will also be an entry pay growth in the range of 22 per cent to 28 per cent. This will be applicable from January 1, 2016.

During the Cabinet briefing, Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar said, “We must attract good talent into academia, they need to be given attractive compensation”.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) and the centrally funded technical institutions and teachers of 119 Centrally Funded Technical Institutions such as IITs, IISc, IIMs, IISERs, IIIT and NITIE will be covered under it.

Meanwhile, those institutes which are funded by the state governments, the revised pay scales will require adoption by the respective State governments.