‘Engg Colleges Must Remit Excess Pay’ - The New Indian Express

‘Engg Colleges Must Remit Excess Pay’

Published: 01st January 2014 08:17 AM

Last Updated: 01st January 2014 08:17 AM

Government engineering colleges in the State have been asked to remit the excess salaries withdrawn by ‘ineligible’ teachers who were paid under a pay scale that they were not entitled to.

The Department of Higher Education has directed the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) to recover the excess salary from assistant professors in government engineering colleges, except Government Engineering College, Karwar. Officials estimate the excess amount to be in the range of `10-12 crore.

The confusion over pay scales was the result of a change in nomenclature of the ‘associate professor’ post to ‘assistant professor’. This was caused by the implementation of the sixth revised pay scale of the All India Council of Technical Education (`37,400-67,000 + average grade pay of `9,000).

It was found that associate professors, who were recruited under the fifth AICTE pay scale and were yet to complete three years of service from the date of appointment, started drawing salaries under the sixth revised pay scale. The absence of a request from the DTE was observed during a test audit of the CAG on October 17. “The CAG has objected to the withdrawal of excess salaries by those assistant professors who do not have the required service tenure,” said B Nagabhushan under-secretary, Technical Education.

“The recovery will be done in a time-bound manner,” Higher Education principal secretary Rajneesh Goel said.

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