Varsity teachers given 70pc raise in salary: Tenure Track System
ISLAMABAD, Aug 16: The government has given a further 70 per cent
increase in the salaries of university teachers who have been hired under a new
service structure mainly to lure back expatriate Pakistanis serving in foreign
A full professor working under Tenure Track System (TTS), a
performance driven service arrangement, was getting Rs175,000, which was
successful in attracting quality teachers from abroad. However, the Higher
Education Commission (HEC) still thought their salaries was not enough and
persuaded the finance division to increase the salary of a professor to
"The finance ministry has approved a summary to give a 70 per
cent increase in salaries of university faculty working under Tenure Track
System (TTS). As a result a professor's monthly salary would increase to
Rs312,000 or $5,000," Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman Dr Attaur
He was chief guest at a reception organised by the European
Commission (EC) in honour of Erasmus Mundus Scholarship awardees at Serena
According to this phenomenal increase in the salaries of
university teachers, a teacher would be drawing five times more salary than a
federal minister of the country, Dr Rehman said.
He claimed that due to
the encouraging salary structure and working conditions, Pakistanis who were
serving in foreign universities had started coming back to the local higher
TTS is a performance-based service structure.
Under the TTS, a faculty member would be on probation for a period of six years
during the initial period of appointment and his/her services would be confirmed
only after two thorough external reviews of his/her research and teaching
achievements after the third and sixth year by a committee of eminent foreign
In response to a question, he said going through a strong
filter, at present over 200 teachers of various public sector universities have
got the TTS which is open to everyone who has qualified for it.
asked how did he justify huge chunks of money being driven to the HEC whereas
reportedly lower level education was being neglected in the country, he said:
"Last year Rs211 billion was spent on the entire education sector of the
country, of which only Rs28 billion were given to HEC".
international standards the ratio of expenditures between primary to higher
education should be 2:1, whereas in Pakistan it is 7:1, Dr Rehman clarified,
adding that it was just a misconception that the HEC was getting more money than
the school level education.
At present less than three per cent of the
country's youth between 17 to 23 years is registered for the higher education
compared to the 85 per cent of the same age group in South Korea. At present 54
per cent of the country's population - 58 million - is below the age of 19 years
which is a great opportunity for the country, he said.
It is the best
time to invest in the education sector, otherwise, the country would be losing
this once in a life time opportunity, the HEC chairman said.
unfortunately the government has not been able to increase the overall education
budget in the country. This year it has only earmarked 2.5 per cent of the Gross
Domestic Product (GDP), Dr Rehman said.
Speaking on the occasion, the
European Commission (EC) ambassador to Pakistan said EM scholarship aimed at
enhancing the quality of European higher education by fostering cooperation with
third world countries. Its ambition is to improve development of human resources
and promote dialogue and understanding between peoples and cultures.
year the EC has selected 45 students from throughout the country who would be
doing their masters in various European countries in different
A student would be getting 42,000 Euros for a two-year
master programme. He said so far the EC had sent 180 students from Pakistan on
EM scholarship scheme. Those students who applied for this scholarship are
grilled through a tough selection process. Dawn