Patna, Aug. 22: The salaries of 132 teachers of Patna University, including former acting vice-chancellor Sudipto Adhikari, is likely to be scaled down from next month.
The state human resource development (HRD) department has written a letter to the accountant-general stating that these teachers will not be paid salaries under the Sixth Pay Commission, but according to the old scale under the fifth pay package, as the cases relating to their appointment is pending in court. The teachers were getting salaries on the UGC-revised scales from January this year.
Patna University registrar P.K. Poddar told The Telegraph: “The varsity has received a letter from the accountant-general office, which has been sent by the HRD department, stating that 132 teachers who were absorbed between 1976 and 1978 were not to be paid revised salaries.”
Most of the teachers likely to bear the financial consequences of the HRD order are senior faculty members, including former acting vice-chancellor Sudipto Adhikari, registrar P.K. Poddar, Patna Science College principal Kashi Nath, Patna College principal Lal Keshwar Prasad Singh, Vanijya Mahavidhyalaya principal Umesh Mishra, BN College principal K.K. Maltiyar and head of department, Hindi, Balram Tiwari. The decision to revise the salary of varsity teachers was taken in December last year, which pushed up the payscale by almost 50 per cent.
The revised payscale for assistant professors is Rs 15,600-Rs 39,100, for associate professors it is Rs 37,600-Rs 67,100 and the professors get around Rs 1 lakh a month.
Patna University was the first varsity in Bihar to implement the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations. Many senior teachers played a key role in pushing the salary revision.
Poddar said: “The varsity received the letter on Saturday evening. As the next two days were holidays, the representatives of teachers who are affected by the decision will approach vice-chancellor S.N. Singh and HRD secretary S. Shiv Kumar when the varsity opens.”
Poddar, meanwhile, insisted that the decision is not going to affect the teachers of Patna University as the varsity has its own act, which is different from other state varsities. The HRD letter to Patna University has been sent at a time when the state HRD had issued an order to pay salaries of teachers according to the Sixth Pay Commission. The cabinet has already cleared Rs 982.92 crore for universities in Bihar for 2011-12.
A number of teachers were appointed for a period of six months between 1976 and 78. However, many teachers continued to remain in service for 18 months to 24 months. Later, there services were regularised by then chief minister Jagannath Mishra in 1982. The appointment of these teachers become an issue after a teacher of Bhim Rao Ambedkar Bihar University, Muzaffarpur, filed a case in Patna High Court in connection with the appointment of these teachers.
On October 16, 2001, a single judge bench of Justice Aftab Alam of Patna High Court made the observation that the service period of these teachers will be considered from 1982, the time when their salaries were regularised by the chief minister.
A two-judge bench of Patna High Court, comprising Justice Chandramauli Prasad and Justice Ravi Ranjan, also upheld the order of Alam. Later, Justice Navaniti Prasad of Patna High Court, based on a PIL filed by teachers of Patna University, put a stay on the matter last year, thereby facilitating revised salaries for the 132 teachers.
Poddar said: “We are not worried about the HRD directive as the high court has already put a stay on cases relating to absorption matter of teachers of Patna University.