Shashi Tharoor Calls Out Kerala Government For Paying Associate Professors Less Than Sweepers

Somnath
·3-min read

There have been a lot of issues raised regarding the worsening condition of professors and associate professors in government colleges in our country. But after studying for years and doing well in academics, then becoming a lecturer, slowly moving your way up to being an associate professor, one should deserve a decent pay and some respect too.

Retweeting a post from an updates page, Shashi Tharoor, the well known MP from Thiruvananthapuram, called out the Kerala Government for paying associate processors lower than sweepers! Yes, you read that right.

Tharoor’s Tweet And It’s Translation

This Twitter thread is written in Malayalam, so here’s a translation of exactly what it said, thanks to my friend who helped me with it. (Just clarifying that I don’t know the language, lest one of you starts a conversation with me in Malayalam in the comments.)

A college professor from Kerala sent me a small account of the monetary benefits (salary) they receive in accordance to their level of education. I congratulate the ‘last grade’ workers on receiving a good amount as wages.

After working really hard on completing their graduation and post-graduation, an assistant professor receives a small amount as their salary. The Left Government of Kerala is solely responsible for this (Tharoor is in Congress) since they are not interested in providing the teachers with the salary UGC norms have suggested. This is very disheartening.

It is very surprising to see that Kerala is the only state in India that is not following the instructions by the Center, by not providing the teachers with the UGC recommended salaries.

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Now, this comes from an updates page and Shashi Tharoor has retweeted it. But I asked my friends from Kerala if it was true, and I found out that the basic pay initially is indeed lower for Associate Professors.

It is even lower than that of a sweeper. From the image above, you can see the different pay grades and you’ll see that for an Associate Professor it’s INR 15600-39100. For a sweeper, it is INR 16500-35700. The basic pay scale for both is almost the same if we take an average. I hope you see the problem in that.

But like the tweet said, congrats to the workers at lower grades of employment getting a good salary. Although, without professors, there would be no colleges at all and I think they deserve a lot more than anyone else at any educational institution.

There are face to face meetings of teachers with politicians, not just in Kerala, but around the country. And most of the time, they voice out their issues with not getting enough pay. Some of them are even taken off of their jobs, right when their families needed financial help the most. What does a teacher do in such a situation?

Many turn towards government jobs in hopes of stability and security. Although, stability and security without a deserving pay just takes away the entire purpose behind aiming for a government job and working so hard to get it.

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Sources: MP Thiruvananthapuram Twitter Update Page

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