Speaking at a press conference, Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister, Prakash Javadekar said that 7.58 lakh teachers will soon get the benefits of the seventh pay commission, effective from January 2016. In money terms, teachers can expect their salary to go up by anything between Rs 10,000 to Rs 50,000.

The Cabinet meeting was presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Minister for Law and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said, 119 IITs, IIMs, NITs, and IISERS will also get the benefit. The measures proposed in the revised pay structure are expected to improve quality of higher education and also attract and retain talent, Javadekar said.

It seems Diwali has arrived early for all teachers of central and state universities as the government has made a decision to extend the benefits of 7th Pay Commission to them.

According to Ministry sources, the salary of an assistant professor (entry level) of a university will be increased to Rs 57,700 per month from the current Rs 47,000 per month. The Assistant Professors in the upper grade, who are getting Rs 56,000, will now get Rs 68,000 while a Senior Assistant Professor will now get almost Rs 80,000. The additional financial burden incurred by the state governments in implementing the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission for teachers will be borne by the Central government.

For the higher education institutions funded by state governments, the revised pay scales will have to adoption by their respective state governments.

While at first the government was thinking of giving arrears, the change in decision was prompted after the April-June GDP growth slipped to a three-year low of 5.7 percent. In total, now there are 106 central universities, 329 state universities&12912 government private aided colleges affiliated to State Public Universities.